Bree Zender

Morning Edition Host and Reporter

Bree Zender started working as Reno Public Radio's Morning Edition host and reporter in 2017. She's originally from the Pacific Northwest. She has two bachelor's degrees—one in journalism and the other in theatre—from the University of Montana in Missoula. 

Bree got her start in public radio hosting Morning Edition and reporting the news as an intern at Montana Public Radio. From there, she moved to San Luis Obispo, California, where she was a mid-day host and reporter.

When Bree isn't on the radio, she's usually hiking up a mountain, perusing Wikipedia or sitting at home waiting patiently to be on the radio again.  

Michelle Billman

When farmers first purchase water rights, they typically reserve them for a certain time of the year based on historical predictions of when the most water will flow, but the runoff is frequently coming earlier because of climate change. 

Bree Zender

KUNR has a new full-time reporter gracing our hallways!

You may have heard national award-winning journalist Stephanie Serrano’s voice on KUNR before. She was a student reporter for us in the past year. 

Bree Zender

When you think of the sources behind carbon dioxide emissions, you might think of cars and factories. But in the rural mountains of the Eastern Sierra, University of Nevada, Reno researchers are finding that much of the CO2 emissions come from an unlikely place: dried up meadows. KUNR's Bree Zender reports. 

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Krysta Scripter

As part of our Priced Out series, KUNR has been speaking with everyday people impacted by rising housing costs in the area. One of those people is Rachel Young, a state employee who has been struggling to find housing since she left her wife in 2017. Young sat down with KUNR to talk about her experiences and how the housing crunch has affected her personally.

The recent rise in housing costs is lucrative for those who rent or sell homes in Northern Nevada. But for other residents, the threads of stability are breaking. KUNR's Bree Zender spoke with a math teacher who says she won't be able to afford to live here comfortably any longer. 

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Krysta Scripter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke Monday at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno to over 1,000 school resource officers at a national school safety conference. As KUNR's Bree Zender reports, Sessions briefly focused on school safety, but spent much of his speech on issues surrounding undocumented immigrants.

Episode 6 - How Housing Is Tied To Food Insecurity

With housing insecurity comes food insecurity. This week we hear a story from community health reporter Anh Gray about the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the food pantries in the area. After that, Anh sits down and talks with Al Brislain the president and CEO of the food bank. Joey also gets a chance to hear from Anh about what she learned through her reporting, which allowed her to talk with many families on the brink.

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Over the past several weeks, KUNR has been reporting on the affordable housing crunch in Northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Today, we speak to a man whose beloved cats essentially priced him out of the Reno rental market. Reno Public Radio’s Bree Zender spoke with him about his extended search for a home for himself, his cats, and his wife. 

Episode 5 - Health, Housing And Mental Illness

In this episode of Priced Out, Joey and Bree hear from reporter Anh Gray about how the housing situation is impacting the health of the community. Then Bree has a story on mental illness, talking to one mother looking for her son.

Bree Zender

Our reporter Bree Zender has been talking to various everyday people in the region affected by rising house costs. Today, she talks with one mom whose adult son has a mental illness about her efforts to keep him off the streets.


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