Bree Zender

Morning Edition Host and Reporter

Bree Zender is KUNR's Morning Edition host, news anchor, and reporter. You may have also heard her on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Here & Now, and KQED's The California Report.

She started her radio career as an intern at Montana Public Radio in Missoula, after graduating from the University of Montana in with degrees in theatre and journalism. She was also KCBX-Central Coast Public Radio’s midday host and reporter from 2016 to 2017.

She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, focusing on media innovation.

Her favorite part about her job is that the world is her office. She can do her job while recording bees buzzing in the middle of a Sierra Nevada meadow, capturing the chants of protestors, and listening to a steaming, bubbling geyser in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Bree is originally from the Deming, Washington and loves to visit often. She lives in Reno with her cat, Pete.

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When you think of brothels, lots of ideas may come up. Some may be based on personal experiences, while others are based on stereotypes. A new book from University of Nevada, Reno researchers aims to look at how stigmas surrounding sex work affect the workers themselves. 

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The trade war with China has brought in many additional tariffs to American exports, wreaking havoc on some industries, but how much is it affecting Nevada's beef industry?  

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After the first couple of storms of the winter season, much of the Eastern Sierra is at or above the historic median snow totals for this time of year, but areas in the Tahoe and Truckee Basins are trailing behind. KUNR's Bree Zender has more.

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The average Nevadan produces nearly 8 pounds of garbage per person every day. That's nearly twice the national average, according to a new report form the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE. 

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As many of us are traveling in and around Nevada for the holidays, the American Society of Civil Engineers says roads in Las Vegas are improving, but much of the infrastructure in Northern Nevada is aging.

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Community members around Reno and Sparks gathered last week for a Nevada Department of Transportation meeting to learn more about the fate of their homes in light of the Spaghetti Bowl revamp project. That's where Interstate 80 meets with U.S. Highway 395 in Reno, where hundreds of car accidents occur every year. 

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Wednesday night hundreds gathered to find out more about the Nevada Department of Transportation’s three proposed courses of action on revamping the Spaghetti Bowl. That’s where I-80 meets US 395 in Reno, a point of many traffic and safety concerns.

The preferred plan that NDOT would like to go forward with includes a closure of an exit ramp that many deem crucial to the operation of the Reno-Tahoe International airport.

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Drivers traveling through Northern Nevada have long complained about Reno’s Spaghetti Bowl, the point where Interstate 80 meets with US Highway 395. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is proposing several different fixes to alleviate traffic and improve safety. NDOT will be approving a plan in a couple of months after a public comment period, which is happening now. Here to talk more about this is KUNR’s Bree Zender.


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Farmers across the country have been preparing to harvest turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday. One school in Smith Valley is raising its own turkeys as a way to teach students how food gets from the farm to the plate. KUNR’s Bree Zender reports.

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Nevadans will see several ballot questions this election, including Question 1: Marsy’s law. KUNR’s Bree Zender explores how Marsy’s Law came to be and how approval of this question could impact crime victims and possibly those accused of crimes.

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