Anh Gray

Health Reporter

Anh Gray is a health reporter for the KUNR news team and has been with the station since 2014. She is an aluma of the Boston University School of Public Health and Teachers College, Columbia University.

 

Anh is the recipient of the 2019 Minnotte Health Reporting Fellowship from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation. In 2018, she received an award from the Associated Press Television Radio Association (APTRA) for best reporter. That year, she covered a variety of pressing public health issues like health care reform, the opioid epidemic, and disease outbreaks. Anh has been a contributing reporter for several series that won regional Edward R. Murrow awards covering a range of topics including electric car maker Tesla, the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada, and the affordable housing crunch.

 

Other professional experiences include mentorship with NPR's Next Generation Radio, a week-long trainig project, participation in the 2018 National Press Foundation Innovations in Public Health Fellowship, and the 2016 International Center For Journalists-United Nations Foundation Fellowship. She has also served as a judge for the 2019 National Edward R. Murrow Awards. 

 

Reporting on health policy, access to health care, and community health issues are Anh’s primary interests. She also enjoys covering innovations in the prevention of disease and the promotion of wellness. Those stories include nutrition, evidence-based health initiatives, and medical breakthroughs.

 

Her home life is filled with the mayhem and laughter of three children, who also happen to be huge public radio fans. When not chasing after her next radio story, Anh enjoys spending time with her family hiking along the scenic trails around Lake Tahoe or taking off on weekend road trips.

 

 

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Two N95-type face masks, or respirators, and one N100-type mask.
Debora Cartagena / CDC

The shortage of personal protective equipment used by health workers has been a nationwide problem during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Providers are grappling with the challenges presented to them and they're looking at various other ways to protect themselves and the community.

Exterior of the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory in Reno, Nevada.
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

COVID-19 testing shortages nationwide have been a significant issue. Nevada is now one of several states that have notified the Food and Drug Administration that it’s making modifications to the test in an effort to mitigate shortages statewide.

Dr. Mark Pandori heads the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory. He talked with KUNR’s Anh Gray to break down the process involved in the development of the modified test.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus In Nevada Updates: Thursday, March 26

9:19 p.m. | March 26, 2020
By Paul Boger

Nevada Cases Surpass 500

 

The number of COVID-19 cases in Nevada jumped by 115 on Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 535. That’s according to a late-night update of the state’s coronavirus dashboard. 

Los proveedores de salud en St. Mary's se paran juntos con carteles de papel que dicen, "quédense en casa, nos quedaremos en el trabajo por ustedes, gracias por quedarse en casa por nosotros, siempre abierto"
Anh Gray / KUNR

El gobernador Steve Sisolak anunció el cierre de escuelas, casinos y empresas no esenciales en todo el estado para frenar la propagación de coronavirus. La medida es para salvar vidas y evitar que el sistema de salud se inunde. Pero como informa Anh Gray de KUNR, la falta de recursos cruciales, incluyendo máscaras protectoras e incluso proveedores, ya está presionando al sistema.

Health care providers at St. Mary's stand together with paper signs that say, "stay at home, we'll stay at work for you, thank you for staying home for us, always open"
Anh Gray / KUNR

Governor Steve Sisolak announced the statewide closures of schools, casinos and non-essential businesses to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The move is to save lives and to prevent the health care system from being inundated. However, the lack of crucial resources, including protective masks, tests and even providers, is already straining the system.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Entrance to a deployable medical facility at Renown Health in Reno
Anh Gray / KUNR

Governor Steve Sisolak declared a state or emergency to deal with the spread of coronavirus in Nevada on Thursday night. Health officials have identified 11 cases of COVID-19 in the state.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For recent updates on Coronavirus in Nevada, visit our updates and resources webpage.

Coronavirus In Nevada Updates: Wednesday, March 18

10:17 p.m. PDT | March 18, 2020
By Michelle Billman

State Total Of COVID-19 Cases Hits 85

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For recent updates on Coronavirus in Nevada, visit our updates and resources webpage.

Southern Nevada Health District Announces Three New Positive Cases Of COVID-19
A Total Of Five Presumptive Positive Cases Reported In Clark County

Nurses and medical specialists standing in a room with attentive facial expressions.
Province of British Columbia / Flickr Creative Commons

There’s a shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals across the country. That, along with the lack of treatment facilities, leave some people in crisis with no place to go. That’s why many end up in the emergency room. Nevada, in particular, is ranked 51st in the country, according to the 2018 Mental Health in America report for access to mental health care. Dr. Cari Croghan is an emergency room doctor based in Reno, Nevada and shared some of the challenges of her profession.

Photo of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members at a podium.
Culinary Workers Union Local 226

Last night, six Democratic presidential candidates debated in Nevada, where health care reform became a contentious issue. KUNR's News Director Michelle Billman checked in with Health Reporter Anh Gray for the details.

Two pharmacists, one filling a prescription and the other holding paperwork.
Joint Base Lewis McChord / Flickr Creative Commons

Health care was a top issue for many voters in the Democratic primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire. As the Nevada caucus is quickly approaching, KUNR’s Anh Gray talked with John Packham, a state health policy expert, to break down how the national debate might shape issues of affordability and access in the state.

Felicia Perez standing in front of her art that's created with leftover medical supplies from her treatments.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

As Nevadans caucus later this month, health care issues are at the forefront for many. Some of those voters want mental health to be a vital part of that national debate. The state is ranked 51st in the nation for mental health care according to a report from Mental Health America.

Photos of the plane crash victims and their national flags on display during Monday's vigil.
Anh Gray / KUNR

Community members gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno on Monday to remember the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines plane crash that took place in Iran earlier this month. The vigil honored the lives lost with poetry, music and solidarity.

Northern Nevada HOPES Chief Operating Officer Ivy Spadone is a physician assistant who has been treating HIV patients for about two decades.
Anh Gray

As a community health center, Northern Nevada HOPES in downtown Reno offers a variety of medical services. When it opened in 1997, it served as a clinic to treat patients with HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. Chief Operating Officer Ivy Spadone started with the clinic as a physician assistant two decades ago and continues to provide care to HIV patients. She shares her story with KUNR’s Anh Gray.

Illustrated By Stephanie Serrano

For the LGBTQ+ community, marginalization is deterring some from accessing medical care. Nearly one in five avoid seeking care due to fear of discrimination, and studies show disparities can lead to poor health outcomes. For one gay man in Northern Nevada, navigating the health system has been a daunting experience. KUNR’s Anh Gray has his story.

As a warning, this story might not be suitable for all listeners as it discusses the topic of sexual assault.

A row of people using their smart phones.
Robin Worrall for Unsplash

The incessant use of smartphones and other technologies has addictive qualities. New York Times Bestselling Author Adam Alter explores how tech companies market products that hook teens and what parents can do. KUNR’s Anh Gray spoke with him about his new book Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked.

People sitting around computer.
Brooke Cagle at Unsplash

Sexually transmitted diseases nationwide have risen to a record high for the fifth consecutive year, and for those with STDs, dating and disclosure of their health status can pose additional challenges. KUNR’s Anh Gray has been reporting on this issue. Today she explores how technology can help with overcoming some of the stigmas.

An infographic about STDs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The common use of dating apps has been attributed to more casual sexual encounters. Health officials say this type of hook-up culture is one factor in the spike of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Right now, the combined number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are at an all-time high nationally. KUNR’s Anh Gray talks with Jennifer Howell, who’s with the sexual health program at the Washoe County Health District, to learn more.

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