Steve Shadley

Program Director & Afternoon Host

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.

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A national conservation group has been collecting petition signatures in Nevada encouraging President Obama to permanently ban uranium mining in areas surrounding Grand Canyon National Park.  Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley spoke to an environmentalist who fears mining could contaminate Colorado River water that’s sent downstream to millions of people south of Las Vegas.

Carson City Fire Department

5:30 PM Monday update:

The Shooting Fire in Carson City, which was sparked by target shooters on Sunday, is mostly contained. Fire crews are cleaning up the area.

Officials say that aggressive aerial assistance and structure protection from local, state and federal agencies helped contain the blaze and led to no loss of structures. All roads are open to the public, and officials say crews will continue to protect private property.

10:45 AM Monday update:

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Construction is getting started on a new law enforcement center in Churchill County.  As Reno Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports, it will replace the old jail in downtown Fallon late next year.

The existing Churchill County jail and courthouse is 43-years-old.  It was designed to hold only 54 inmates.  But, the new jail will house up to 120 people. County Commission Chairman Pete Olsen says the old jailhouse will be remodeled and later used as a courthouse.

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The hills around Eureka, Nevada will be alive with music this weekend.  The Old Time Fiddler's Contest is expected to attract hundreds of people...many of them competing for top prizes.  Reno Public Radio's Steve Shadley caught up with a couple of fiddlers and has this report:

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A snow storm warning remains in effect until early Wednesday for much of north central and northeastern Nevada.

As of Monday afternoon, the system had dumped six to as many as 14 inches around the Reno area according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Deutschendorf.

"We expected this snow several days in advance however the amounts came in much higher because the storm came in much stronger in the area, and the heavier snow persisted for several hours longer," he explained. "And it  happened right over the highest populated areas of Western Nevada."

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Scientists say climate change and increasing demands on the world's rivers are harming enormous freshwater fish that can weigh more than 200 pounds. As Reno Public Radio’s Steve Shadley reports, one museum is helping the public understand the challenges ahead for so-called Monster Fish.

The Discovery Museum in downtown Reno is full of children excited to see replicas of giant fish from India and other parts of Asia. Our tour guide is Zeb Hogan. He's a University of Nevada, Reno biologist and host of Monster Fish, a TV series produced by National Geographic.

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Homeless people who sleep in shelters are struggling to find a bed in downtown Reno. As Reno Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports, thieves stole copper from one popular shelter and now the building can't house the people who need it.


The vandalism happened late last month at an overflow shelter run by the local Volunteers of America or VOA. Sandy Isham is the shelter's community relations director.

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Advocates for the homeless are looking for a new shelter to serve more than 120 people each night in Reno. As Steve Shadley reports, they must find another location because the original building was vandalized.

Authorities say that it appears copper theft is the reason the overflow shelter, operated by the Volunteers of America Northern Nevada, can no longer house the homeless.