Danna O'Connor

All Things Considered Host

Danna has been with KUNR Public Radio since 1995. She started as a weekend announcer, then full time jazz host and in 2008 became the local host for NPR's Morning Edition.

Danna is a native Nevadan, born in Elko and raised in Winnemucca. She has 31 years in the broadcasting business, starting in commercial radio right after high school, but preferring the public radio atmosphere. Working for KUNR is a dream come true. Every day is challenging and informative and the public radio audience is filled with intriguing and vibrant listeners.

Danna took the plunge and married Reno civil/structural engineer Dan O'Connor in 2008. They enjoy camping, books, movies, baseball and amateur radio.

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

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Namaan Horn, Fire Information Officer / Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Over the weekend, more than 3,200 Nevadans got their first look at the damage caused by a wildfire that blackened one of Nevada's most popular recreation areas in the Ruby Mountains. KUNR's Danna O' Connor has more.

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Nevada's chief gambling regulator said she's been encouraged by input she's received from casino executives and workers as the state's Gaming Control Board considers rules addressing sexual harassment.  KUNR's Danna O'Connor has more.

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Reno violinist Oliver Leitner, 17, has won numerous regional awards for his craft and is now expanding his reach to a national audience with a performance on NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. He spoke with KUNR host Danna O’Connor about how he made the cut and what he’ll be playing. The event is on Sunday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and it’s a live taping of the program. Learn more here.

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Reno's month-long Artown Festival is winding down. There are plenty of events this weekend and then on Monday evening, a huge celebration of Native American culture at Wingfield Park. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has a preview. 

The event includes visual arts, music, vibrant pow wow dances, and crafting. Michon Eben is the cultural resources manager for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. She says the importance of this type of event extends far beyond any one performance or piece of art.

Not One, But Two Horse Exhibits In Reno

Mar 11, 2016
Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art has not one--but two--horse exhibitions on display right now. The first is called, well, The Horse and it's a traveling show that shares the history of horses, which were actually pretty different 50 million years ago.

"Some of them were the size of small dogs all the way up to the size of present day horses," says JoAnne Northrup with the museum. "There was a huge range of forms, too. Some of them looked a little bit more like zebras. It's just crazy."

The Nevada Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring photographs taken inside Reno casinos during the 1970s and '80s. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor has the details. 

The exhibit is called “Black and White Risk” and the photos are unusual in that photography is banned in Nevada casinos.  The photographer is Jan Aphelin who started working in casinos in the early 1960’s and began secretly taking photos almost immediately.

The City of Reno Artown Festival is in full swing with over 500 events happening this month.  Artown began 20 years ago as an effort to attract locals to downtown Reno and it has been wildly successful since day one.  Danna O’Connor has a look back at how the festival got underway and how it's evolved with Christine Fey from the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission.

Latest Updates On The Washington Fire

Jun 23, 2015
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9 a.m. Monday Update:

With more than a thousand personnel working to put out the Washington Fire, the blaze is now 45% contained. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say that the fire threat to Markleeville has diminished and firefighting efforts were helped over the weekend by higher humidity, lower temperatures, and light rains. 

State Highway 4 is now open from Markleeville to Ebbetts Pass for through traffic. Highway 89 to Monitor Pass and to Wolf Creek Road remains closed. 

8 p.m. Friday Update:

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the famed San Francisco “Summer of Love”.  Some of the iconic images we associate with that counter-culture summer; long rock jams, psychedelic light shows, posters and dancing were developed right here in Nevada at the Red Dog Saloon home of “The Charlatans”, the band that started the sound of the summer of love.  Danna O’Connor has details.

Nevada Humanities 2015 Literary Crawl kicks off at 4:00pm, Saturday, May 30th at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue.  Over twenty Nevada authors will be reading at five venues.  Danna O'Connor chats with Karen Wikander about the event.  Details, nevadahumanities.org

Bike Like A Girl

May 14, 2015

Two Reno athletes are cycling across the country.  Michelle Faurot and Bridget Webster join an eight member team of cyclists for the 2015 Race Across America.  It's a 3,000 mile relay from California to the East Coast.  The team is cycling to raise money and awareness for women's cycling.

Danna O'Connor chats with Michelle and Bridget about the race and their passion for getting girls on bikes!

Details at www.bikelikeagirl.org and www.raceacrossamerica.org

  

The Reno Sculpture Festival brings the art of the playa to downtown Reno for the next three days.  There's art, music, food and beer trucks and after hours events.  Details at renosculpturefestival.org

Danna O'Connor has a preview from Aric Shapiro, Executive Director of Reno Art Works.

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The Reno City Council met this week to discuss how to spend tax payer’s money for the fiscal year 2016 budget, which is nearly $170 million. Reno Public Radio's Danna O'Connor reports much of that money will go toward public safety. 

More than two-thirds of that budget will be spent on adding nearly 50 new public safety jobs. Ten of those jobs would go toward hiring 10 more Reno firefighters.

At the meeting, Councilwoman Neoma Jardon asked if the 10 firefighters would open up the browned out stations in the city.

AVA Ballet Theater and the Reno Philharmonic perform "Sleeping Beauty" at the Pioneer Center, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm.  Tickets at pioneercenter.com.  Danna chats with Alexander Van Alstyne, Artistic Director of AVA Ballet.

UNR's Spring Dance Concert kicks off tomorrow through Sunday at the Redfield Proscenium Theatre at UNR.  Danna O'Connor chats with Rosie Trump, Assistant Professor of Dance at UNR and Andrea Miller, founder and choreographer of Gallim Dance Company.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin performs with the Reno Collective Thursday the 23rd at 7:30pm at Nightingale Concert Hall.  On Friday at 7:30pm Vertical Voices and the SF Jazz Collective perform at Lawlor Events Center.  Danna O'Connor chats with Peter Epstein, Director of Jazz Studies at UNR.

The Reno Philharmonic performs Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony this weekend, featuring Soprano Jessica Rivera and Mezzo-Soprano Kelley O'Connor, and the Reno Philharmonic Chorus.  Danna O'Connor chats with conductor Laura Jackson about the season finale, Saturday the 18th at 7:30pm and Sunday at 4:00pm at the Pioneer Center.  www.renophil.com

The Reno Chamber Orchestra and solo pianist Robert Levin perform all five of Beethoven's Piano Concertos at 7:30pm tonight and 2:00pm Sunday at Nightingale Concert Hall.  Tickets at www.renochamberorchestra.org.  Danna O'Connor chats with Scott Faulkner, Executive Director of the RCO.

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