Rocio Hernandez

KUNR & Reynolds School Business News Intern

Rocio Hernandez is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying journalism and Spanish. Before coming on with KUNR in January 2016, she worked as a print journalist for Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and UNR’s student paper, The Nevada Sagebrush. Rocio saw an opportunity to challenge her storytelling skills by transitioning to radio. Rocio is addicted to podcasts, and she enjoys cooking and cuddling up with a good book.

The KUNR & Reynolds School Business News Internship is a special opportunity funded by the Reynolds School of Journalism at UNR. 

Rocio Hernandez

Gangs in Washoe County have multiplied, growing their ranks by 30 percent in a decade. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez explores what's being done to curb their influence.  

Instead of hanging out with friends after school, 15-year-old Julio travels from Sparks to northeast Reno to practice his boxing. He was introduced to the sport by a friend and has been hooked ever since. Julio says the sport not only keeps him out of trouble but gives him a goal in life. He thinks that might be what separates him from some of his peers.

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One of the big concerns brought up at Thursday's Symposium on Race and Policing, held at UNR, was how to better diversify law enforcement in Northern Nevada. Reporter Rocio Hernandez has more. 

“Can I get a hand out there on how many African American males want to be officers?" 

Patricia Gallimore, President of the Reno-Sparks NAACP posed the question to the audience, getting nothing but crickets at first.

"How many African American females want to be officers? How many Latinos? Okay. Got one.”

Alexa Ard

Three schools in Reno made the list of top ten high schools in Nevada, which was released this week by the U.S. News & World Report. Reno Public Radio’s Rocio Hernandez talked with the principal of Galena High, which came in second for the state.

Principal Tom Brown has been at Galena as an administrator and teacher for more than a decade. Brown says the ranking is a testament to Galena’s comprehensive teaching. 

Symposium on Race and Policing 2015

Law enforcement agencies across Northern Nevada are getting ready to hear the questions and concerns community members have regarding their work. Our reporter Rocio Hernandez has more.

During work hours, there's hardly any time for police officers to hear from the public. Emmanuel Barthe is a criminal justice professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and an organizer for this week’s Symposium on Race and Policing. He says the purpose of the event is to create a dialogue.

Rocio Hernandez

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Reno Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Virginia Street Bridge.

WalletHub

Nevadans were ranked as some of the least financially savvy people nationwide. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explains why.

While the recession may have hit the Silver State hard, it's not the only reason it came in third as one of least financially literate states. The study by WalletHub, a financial site, found that many Nevadans lacked a rainy day fund and good credit scores. 

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Nevada has been ranked as one of the worst states for women to live in. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explores why.