Will Stone


Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently 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 news weekly 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.


Politics and Policy
8:52 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Reno rejects automatic aid offer from county

Credit Angelfire.com

The Reno Fire Department is not accepting any extra assistance or automatic aid from Washoe County, which broached the idea when the layoff of more than 30 Reno firefighters seemed imminent. That’s now stalled because of a lawsuit, but the offer was still on the table. That is, until the city council unanimously rejected it.


Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez told the council there’s no pressing need for such an agreement.

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Local Stories
4:27 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

School Board votes to buyout Pedro Martinez

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has voted to buyout Pedro Martinez.

The Washoe County School Board voted Tuesday to buyout Superintendent Pedro Martinez in exchange for him leaving. 

After more than an hour of public outrage, the school board voted to end the long debacle with the superintendent that began this summer when the board illegally fired him.

The agreement was hashed out in a long mediation overseen by a district judge and received final approval in a 5-2 vote at the board's public meeting.

But Martinez says this wasn't the way he thought it would end.

"We went in asking for an apology. Frankly, I wanted to stay"

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9:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

School board to vote on buy out of Superintendent Martinez

A judge says the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees should buy out Superintendent Pedro Martinez in exchange for him leaving.

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Politics and Policy
9:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Mayoral hopefuls differ in style and tone

Reno's mayoral candidates, Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella, met recently for one of their first debates. It was hosted by the Washoe Republican Women and moderated by Sam Shad.
Credit Will Stone


With the November election fast approaching, Reno’s two mayoral candidates squared off recently for one of their first debates, but neither candidate was on the offensive exactly.

The race is nonpartisan and what sets Hillary Schieve and Ray Pezonella apart often comes down to style, personality and backing, rather than policy.

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Business + Economy
10:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Nevada passes huge tax breaks for Tesla

  The Nevada legislature has passed an unprecedented package of incentives for Tesla's massive gigfactory. Reno Public Radio’s Will Stone reports the governor signed the bill late Thursday night.

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3:31 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Trustees settle with AG, pay out $1,500 each

The Washoe County School Board of Trustees has agreed to a settlement with the Nevada Attorney General over the board's improper firing of Superintendent Pedro Martinez.


Six of the trustees will pay $1,500 each for violating the Nevada Open Meeting law in multiple ways.

Attorney Kent Robison, who's representing the trustees, says they could have litigated this issue for months.

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2:53 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

School board could settle with AG over Martinez debacle

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees is voting Tuesday on whether or not to accept a settlement agreement with the Nevada Attorney General over the improper firing of Superintendent Pedro Martinez. 

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Business + Economy
2:56 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

NV expects huge return on its deal with Tesla

Nevada and Tesla Motors have made it official: the electric car maker has selected a site in Northern Nevada for its coveted battery factory. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone reports the governor revealed some of the details behind the agreement, which could generate billions of dollars for Nevada, but also requires huge tax breaks.

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Business + Economy
3:05 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Tesla picks Nevada for gigafactory

Credit Tesla Motors

No official world has come from Governor Brian Sandoval’s office about Tesla’s 5 billion dollar gigafactory, but all signs indicate the state and the electric carmaker may have finally reached a deal. That’s based on several reports and Sandoval’s plan to deliver a big announcement Thursday afternoon.



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9:55 am
Wed September 3, 2014

AG: Washoe school board broke the law

Nevada's attorney general says the Washoe County School Board violated the state's open meetings law when it ousted Superintendent Pedro Martinez. 

According to the complaint filed in district court on Tuesday, the school board broke the law in at least six different ways when trustees questioned Martinez about his status as a certified public accountant and then fired him.

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