KUNR Wins Three AP Awards

Reno Public Radio has earned three first-place awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) for its 2014 competition for excellence in broadcast journalism. The APTRA accepts entries from 13 Western states and KUNR competed in the small market station categories. 

News Director Michelle Bliss won for best use of sound in a feature for her story on the unique ways that horse therapy can help adults with depression and anxiety. She also placed first in the sports writing category for her profile of Danny Toumarkine, a snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury on the slopes and is recovering with help from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee. 

Will Stone, a former KUNR reporter who is now working for KJZZ in Phoenix, received the first-place award for best use of sound in a hard news story for his coverage of Lake Tahoe's declining clarity.

You can check out all of the winning entries below.

NOTE: This story originally aired on March 31, 2014.

For the last four years, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, or N.E.A.T, in Reno has often offered its horse therapy to children and teens with severe physical or cognitive issues, like cerebral palsy and autism. But as Michelle Bliss reports for KUNR’s series: Healing across the Sierra, a new clientele is emerging—adults looking for alternative ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression.

NOTE: This story aired on January 24, 2014.

Professional snowboarder Danny Toumarkine suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2011, leaving him with a ten percent chance of living. Danny was hospitalized for a month and has endured four brain surgeries. For KUNR’s series Healing Across the Sierra, Michelle Bliss reports that Danny is recovering with help from the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, a group offering grants to snow sports athletes with life-altering injuries.

Will Stone

Gary Scott has spent many a summer on the docks at Incline Village, overseeing his rental boat company, Action Water Sports. But, this year, keeping the boats clean has been more of a challenge.

"With our rental boats, in particular, we're seeing more algae growth than what we're used to."

Tahoe may not be in the same shape as some lakes in California, where the water levels are at record lows, but it's still feeling the impacts of a light winter and very little snowmelt. Scott says the water level here is down about 5 feet.