Bob Conrad

Contributor and Media Partner

Bob Conrad, PhD, APR is a media professional with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and publishing. He's the co-founder of ThisisReno.com, a locally owned and operated online news website. The site won the 2011 Judge's Choice Award from the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, as well as a Silver Spike Award from the same organization.

Bob completed his doctoral dissertation in 2011 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he researched how the news media cover higher education institutions[gradworks.umi.com] in times of crisis, taking a look at the differences among blog content, traditional news media and niche news media. 

He has also authored a number of articles, publications and a few books. Bob's previous PR blog received an “Editor’s Pick” from the U.K. Journalism.co.uk[Journalism.co.uk]and his work has been featured in Information Week, Bulldog Reporter, eSkeptic, PRSA’s TACTICS and others.

In 2015, Bob was selected to train at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.

 

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The City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission has issued a public letter calling on the University of Nevada, Reno to halt plans for a new academic building where historic homes are located. Reno Public Radio’s Bob Conrad reports.

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Dozens of Nevadans recently protested at the state legislature about what they see as potential governmental overreach on the water rights of domestic wells. They rely on those wells as their main source of water. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

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Reno City Council held a short special hearing Tuesday afternoon  to approve additional funds to investigate claims against City Manager Andrew Clinger. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

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The Washoe County Board of Commissioners has removed a planning commission member over questions about his impartiality. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the details.

Planning Commission Member Thomas Daly lost his seat after a 3-2 vote from the board.

At issue was an opinion article Daly wrote last spring for the Reno Gazette-Journal in which he expressed opposition to a development near Mt. Rose highway.

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Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo are coming to Reno this week as part of a federal government resettlement program. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno.com has the story.

The Northern Nevada International Center is welcoming two families from Congo, as part of a program that resettles refugees from around the world to the U.S.

The center’s Carina Black says Reno will get up to 75 new refugees in the coming year.

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An attempted traffic stop on I-80 Friday afternoon led to one man being shot dead and a Washoe County Sheriff's deputy in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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State officials say they're seeing fraudulent unemployment claims using the personal information of some Nevada employees. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has more.

The state has notified employees that their personal information may have been breached. The data may include an employee's name, date of birth, and social security number.

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A canceled City Council meeting has a local advocacy organization raising questions about the city's priorities for addressing affordable housing.

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The Tesla gigafactory has officially opened, but questions remain regarding how northern Nevada is preparing and responding to economic growth spurred by the company. To explore this issue for our series Behind the Battery Boom, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno who recently toured the plant.

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The Washoe County School District has been notified by the state Department of Education that its students are under-prepared for college. That's true, but its not the whole story behind recent ACT test scores for local students. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

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The University of Nevada, Reno presented its plan to relocate a handful of historic homes near campus so the school can expand south. The City of Reno's Historical Resources Commission heard that presentation, but members are not ready to settle on that option. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno reports.

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The Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System or PERS is once again being taken to court over public records. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute or NPRI is petitioning the state Supreme Court to intervene in what members say is an intentional effort by PERS to evade the state's public records act.

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The Washoe Board of County Commissioners has approved the first step in a plan to restrict shooting on certain areas of Peavine Mountain in north Reno. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

Commissioners have approved the first reading of an ordinance that would expand the boundaries of congested areas. Under the proposed plan, the areas to the south and east of Peavine Road would be off limits to shooting. There will be exceptions for hunting.

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A protest against fracking ended with an arrest on Tuesday as dozens of protesters stormed through the Siena Hotel in Reno looking to interrupt a Bureau of Land Management sale of oil and gas. Our contributor from ThisisReno Bob Conrad reports.

Protestors chanted while holding signs saying "Keep it in the ground" and "Frack free NV." There were even performance artists, clad in black bodysuits, who staged a "die-in" in the entryway of the hotel. 

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The Truckee River impacts us all. That was the message a coalition of organizations presented at an open house this week to gather community input about the future of the river. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno was there and has this story.

Nevada Land Trust Executive Director Alicia Reban says the open house was the first opportunity to see what the One Truckee River group has been working on for the past year.

Crime Is Up In Reno

Jun 10, 2016
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Many types of violent crimes and property crimes are increasing in Reno. That's according to an annual report released by the Reno Police Department this week. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of robberies and assaults increased, and reported rapes nearly doubled. There were 70 rapes were reported in 2013 and 136 were documented last year. During that time, the homicide rate has remained steady. 

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Despite some recent vandalism, a new public land sculpture installed by the Nevada Museum of Art and several partners is quickly becoming a roadside attraction outside Las Vegas. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno made a trip down south to check it out. 

Yamile Lo Dico and her boys are checking out the exhibit on a scorching evening near Jean, Nevada. These last minutes of daylight are highlighting several giant colored boulders.

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Some residents near Keystone Avenue are mad about a recent incident in which the City of Reno was spraying nearby weeds. They say the city got too close to their properties, causing health concerns. Our contributor from ThisisReno.com, Bob Conrad, has the story.

Cory Frey says that she was hit in the face with weed killer that city employees were spraying near her backyard.

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Sample ballots are in the mail and early voting for the primary election begins Saturday, May 28. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the details.

Washoe County employees will be manning the polls this year to help with both early voting and the general election in November. Luanne Cutler is Washoe County's registrar of voters and says the county begins preparing for each election six months in advance.

"We've got the most county employees participating in the election this time than we've ever had, almost 100," Cutler explains.

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A grainy video of a recent arrest in Reno, and a lot of commentary on social media, have raised questions about the role that citizen videos should play when local law enforcement agencies are investigated for possible misconduct.

To learn more, we turn to our contributor Bob Conrad. And just a quick warning: This report does contain some graphic language. 

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