Natalie Van Hoozer

Student Reporter

Natalie Van Hoozer is a Reno native who grew up listening to KUNR. When she was young, she thought "radio" and "KUNR" were the same word.

She is currently a junior majoring in journalism and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno. She loves languages and expanding her cultural awareness and will be studying in Madrid, Spain, during the spring of 2017.

One day she plans to be a bilingual journalist and travel the world. Before that time comes, she hopes to make a positive impact on the Reno community with original, accurate reporting.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, taking pictures, playing piano and writing poetry/short stories.

María Toca fue la primera persona en la ciduad de Reno que recibió DACA.
Andrea Jimenez

La Casa Blanca ha manifestado que el martes el Presidente Trump anunciará su decisión sobre el futuro del programa de la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, sus siglas en inglés) y la gente de Nevada está reaccionando. Natalie Van Hoozer, reportera de KUNR, informa.

Map image credit: G.E. Bullard, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/  Text and graphic design: Natalie Van Hoozer
Natalie Van Hoozer

The heated national debate on immigration often brings up the question of why undocumented immigrants didn’t enter the U.S. legally.

Our reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has been researching this topic, and she’s finding that it’s not that simple. She sat down with our News Director Michelle Billman to break down the visa process. 

Here are six things to know.

 An artist with the Inside Out Dreamers Project pastes photos of UNR students on the sidewalk who had their photos taken to show solidarity with Dreamers.
Natalie Van Hoozer

 

With continued uncertainty about the future of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, a community art project recently stopped at the University of Nevada, Reno, to highlight the issue.

 

The Inside Out Dreamers Project aims to show solidarity with so-called Dreamers by letting community members take their pictures in a photo booth truck. The images are then pasted on the sidewalk for all to see.

Los panelistas fueron miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad de Reno, el concejal Oscar Delgado y Carina Black del Centro Internacional del Norte de Nevada.
Natalie Van Hoozer

 

Una iglesia en Reno llevó a cabo un foro junto con fuerzas de seguridad y organizaciones locales de la comunidad para conversar sobre temas de inmigración y refugiados. La reportera Natalie Van Hoozer informa.

  

Todos los asientos en el Ministerio Palabra de Vida estaban ocupados, con más de cien miembros de la comunidad. Para el Pastor César Minera, el lugar donde se llevó a cabo el foro fue crucial para la asistencia al evento.   

Panelists included Reno law enforcement, Councilman Oscar Delgado and the Northern Nevada International Center's Carina Black.
Natalie Van Hoozer

A Reno church held a forum this week in partnership with local law enforcement and community organizations to cover topics for immigrants and refugees. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has the story. 

All the seats in Ministerio Palabra de Vida were full, with more than 100 community members. For Pastor Cesar Minera, the location for the forum played a big role in the attendance.

Natalie Van Hoozer

The deadline for people to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status is fast approaching, and northern Nevadans are organizing legal help. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has the story. 

Current beneficiaries of DACA will only be able to renew their status if their paperwork is received by the Department of Homeland Security by October 5. 

Mayra and Alberto Villa selling Buñuelos and ribbon fries at Fiesta on Wells.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Fiesta on Wells is an annual street fair celebrating Latino culture in Reno. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer stopped by to learn more. 

Wells Avenue is known for its Latino restaurants and businesses. For this event, the street is lined with booths for nonprofit organizations and vendors.

Their tables are piled high with leatherwork, brightly painted crafts, and food.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto introduces a small business resource guide at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.
Natalie Van Hoozer

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has released a small business resource guide in both English and Spanish. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more.

Cortez Masto introduced the business guide to about 40 people at the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce last week.

The booklet has information about topics that are confusing for many people, like federal grants and what advising agencies business owners can utilize.

Xóchítl Pāpalōtl organized the Walk Out In Support Of DACA Students and speaks to the crowd gathered in front of the Knowledge Center.
Stephanie Serrano

Today in Reno, like in many cities across the nation, protestors spoke out against President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that Trump is giving Congress six months to find a legislative solution. KUNR reporter Stephanie Serrano has more. 

There have been multiple local protests, including one in front of the Federal Courthouse Building and another on the UNR campus.

Maria Toca, Reno resident and the first person nationwide to be granted DACA status.
Andrea Jimenez

The White House has stated that President Trump will announce his decision about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday and Nevadans are reacting. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has more. 

Those with DACA lived in the U.S. illegally when they were young, and the program protects them from deportation. Maria Toca entered the U.S. on a visa, but it expired before she gained legal status. She was the first person in the nation to receive DACA. Today in a Facebook video, she voiced her concern about the possible end to the program.

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