As KUNR's afternoon host and program director, Steve Shadley is responsible for the overall quality and sound of the station, all non-news broadcast content and the station's local hosts. With more than three decades in public radio, Steve joined KUNR in January 2016 following his role as program director with WNIJ/WNIU public radio in DeKalb, Illinois, outside of Chicago.
Steve started his career as a classical music host while studying broadcast journalism at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He’s been a news reporter and newsroom manager at a variety of public radio stations across the country. He was a news anchor and state capitol reporter at KJZZ, Phoenix, his hometown. He covered the Schwarzenegger administration while at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, and he was a news anchor with WBEZ, Chicago for many years. In the 1980s, he completed an NPR news fellowship at Alaska Public Radio in Anchorage.
“I’m thrilled to join KUNR,” Steve says. “I have family members in the Reno area and have been listening to this station for many years. I’ve seen KUNR grow and I’m proud to be a part of the organization. It’s a great service and I’m excited about the future of this station.”
Steve is a sports fan, avid reader, film buff, music lover and oil painter. He’s hiked across the Grand Canyon three times and spends time with family in Fallon, exploring the outdoors or antiqueing with friends.