Will Stone


Will is thrilled to be reporting for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative newsweekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.


Energy and Environment
11:04 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Water fight takes shape in Northern Nevada

A drought stricken Humboldt River near Winnemucca, Nevada.
Credit Chuck Schlarb

 A battle over water is brewing on the parched earth of the Black Rock Desert. An effort to transport water from Humboldt County more than 100 miles south has residents and ranchers alarmed. 

Chuck Giordano grows alfalfa on the outskirts of the Black Rock Desert in a place appropriately known as Desert Valley. But don’t let the name fool you. When it comes to water, he’s lucky.

“We have a fairly good reserve of water underneath us because our water table, even with the drought, has hardly dropped any.”

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Local Stories
9:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

State audit reveals death penalty cases are costly, but how much?

Photo from deathpenaltynews.blogspot.

Nevada lawmakers and the public are learning more about the cost of the death penalty. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the findings of an internal state audit were presented to a legislative committee.

Half a million dollars. That’s about how much more a death penalty case costs the state than one without capital punishment. Or, that’s our best estimate, as state auditor Dan Crossman explains:

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Politics and Policy
12:01 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Recount confirms Kirner's victory over Krasner

A recount has upheld Assemblyman Randy Kirner's 11-vote victory over fellow Republican Lisa Krasner.

County Registrar Luanne Cutler says the recount ended Friday when the Reno lawmaker's margin of victory held up after votes in seven precincts of Assembly District 26 were recounted.

A recount of all votes would have followed had officials found a discrepancy of 1 percent or five votes in any of the sample precincts.

The recount was requested by Krasner. Officials had estimated it would cost her campaign $2,000.

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Politics and Policy
3:02 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Krasner demands recount in tight Northern Nevada race

A candidate for a Northern Nevada assembly seat is asking for a recount. Republican Lisa Krasner lost to Randy Kirner in this election by only 11 votes.

Lisa Krasner continues to shake up the political landscape in Northern Nevada. First, she ran against fellow Republican and incumbent Randy Kirner in the general election to the dismay of some in her party. Now, she’s not stepping aside until she’s sure she lost.

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Politics and Policy
9:40 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Nevada could be next in line to legalize pot

An initiative to allow recreational marijuana in Nevada has gained enough signatures to go on the ballot next election. 


It was a good election year for supporters of legalizing pot. Voters in two states and Washington D.C. passed laws allowing recreational use of the drug. While it wasn't on the ballot in Nevada, plenty of people plan to vote for it here come 2016.  

"We turned in just over 200,000 signatures."  

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Politics and Policy
9:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

As GOP looks ahead to 2015, Dems get nervous


Republicans pulled off an unprecedented win this election, seizing control of both the state senate and assembly. Now, they’re starting to put together their wish list for the upcoming legislative session.

You know that feeling when you finally get to sit in the driver's seat after years of waiting?

That seems to be the mood of most Republicans these days, Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R-Reno) included.

“Sometimes I’m wondering if this is all a dream and I’m going to wake up back in a far distant reality where we were not in the majority.”

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Politics and Policy
4:46 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Hillary Schieve is Reno's new mayor

Hillary Schieve talks to reporters outside SoDo Lounge in Reno about winning the mayor's seat.

Despite having the backing of outgoing Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Ray Pezonella was defeated last night by Hillary Schieve. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that Pezonella had been cast as the "status quo" candidate and voters decided that staying the course was not the right path.

You can find all Nevada election results here or Washoe County results here.

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Politics and Policy
4:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GOP sweeps Midterm Election in Nevada

Like much of the country, Republicans swept races in Nevada last night. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone reports.

You can check out all Nevada election results here or Washoe County results here. Also, Will Stone's in-depth interview with Political Scientist Fred Lokken offers analysis on what the GOP's many victories mean for Nevada. 

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Politics and Policy
4:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Updates: GOP leads Democrats in turnout across Nevada

Now that the polls have closed, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss talks to fellow reporter Will Stone about voter turnout and the GOP's edge statewide.

Republicans across the state continue to outpace Democrats in voter turnout. Overall, statewide turnout is about 36% so far. Given those numbers, Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports Democrats here are in danger of losing most of the statewide races and the state senate. 

And Michelle Bliss reports, at polling spots in Reno, most voters have been focused on local races and ballot questions.

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Politics and Policy
2:58 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

LGBT advocate hopes to win over democratic district in Reno/Sparks

Mike Sprinkle (left) and Lauren Scott (right) are running for Assembly District 30.

Hear Lauren Scott campaign and she sounds like most Republicans—keep taxes low, promote economic development, support the governor. But, unlike the typical GOP candidate, she spent years fighting for LGBT rights in Nevada.

“In the North, it’s a little bit of an oxymoron—a gay Republican—but, down South, it does seem to be a growing group. Nationally, they are very well-known. I do have their endorsement.”

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