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.  

Episode 3 - Growing Student Body, Growing Housing Challenges

In this episode, Joey and Bree chat with reporter Jacob Solis and business reporter Noah Glick. Jacob's story is looking at the lack of student housing and how students are being impacted along with what the University of Nevada, Reno is doing. Noah talks with builders in the Reno area to find out what challenges they face during this housing crunch.

Bud Matlock poses in the senior center lunch room.
Anh Gray

Episode 2 - Senior Living In The Housing Crunch

In this week's episode of Priced Out, we take a look at how the housing crunch affects seniors with our reporter Anh Gray. She looks at one of the senior centers in Reno, where she talks to employees as well as seniors about their living situation. Joey then debriefs Anh about her experience.

A women, her two daughters, and their dog, stand outside their motel room
Krysta Scripter

Episode 1 - Motel Living And Explaining The Problem

The first episode of KUNR's inaugural podcast is here! Looking into the affordable housing problem in the area hosts Joey Lovato and Bree Zender air a piece exploring how the crunch is affecting the people behind the numbers as she follows a single mother who was forced to live in a motel in Carson City. Then, Bree interviews reporter Paul Boger about the issue as a whole.

Introducing Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing


Mountaineers Books

The Pacific Crest Trail--the famous Mexico-to-Canada hiking trail featured in Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir Wild--is getting a new guide book series, written by four different authors, specifically for people who want to hike the PCT in sections. Reno Public Radio’s Bree Zender recently spoke with Philip Kramer over Skype, who is the author of the book that features the Northern California section. Kramer thru-hiked the entire trail--nearly 2,700 miles--in 2013, and later returned to the Sierra to write the book. 

Krysta Scripter

As a part of our "Priced Out" series focusing on affordable housing, we wanted to find the human beings of this issue. The real people who represent the statistics and percentages.

And we found three of them—a family—at a Days Inn Motel in Carson City. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender followed their story for about a month, starting at the motel. 

We’ve all heard that Northern Nevada and Eastern California are facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, but what does that actually mean and how are people being affected? Over the next several weeks, KUNR is examining the issue from all angles in a series we’re calling Priced Out: The Housing Crunch.

KUNR Goes to Fly Geyser

May 2, 2018
image of fly geyser
Joey Lovato

The infamous Fly Geyser, situated on the private land north of Gerlach, has been closed to the public for nearly two decades. But now, the land's new owners – the Burning Man Project – are opening the geyser for public viewing. Reporters Joey Lovato and Bree Zender got a rare chance to check out the Geyser. Take a virtual road trip to see the landmark that has been popular for nature photographers but rarely seen by the public.

image of fly geyser
Joey Lovato

The infamous Fly Geyser, situated on private land north of Gerlach, has been closed to the public for nearly two decades. But now, the land's new owners – the Burning Man Project – are opening the geyser for public viewing. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender took a trip southwest of the Black Rock Desert, to find out more about it. 

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

Nevada's Department of Motor Vehicles is working to ease the process of changing gender markers on driver's licenses. 

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