Jayden Perez

Student reporter

Jayden Perez is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in journalism and minoring in writing. He is also a reporter for The Nevada Sagebrush and a DJ for Wolf Pack Radio. Jayden is committed to improving his reporting skills and incorporating multimedia into every project. His interests outside of reporting include writing, reading, and playing collectable card games.

A fire and smoke on the side of a mountain.
Image from ALERTWildfire Greater Tahoe cameras on Twitter @nvfirecams

8:00 a.m. | July 9, 2020

The Bureau of Land Management said the Numbers Fire, burning near Gardnerville, has charred 17,400 acres. Firefighters have built containment lines around 20 percent of the burn area.

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

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post stated an incorrect number of active COVID-19 cases in Washoe County for July 8, 2020. The post has been updated with the correct number. 

8:09 p.m. | July 8, 2020

Nevada COVID-19 Cases Surpass 24,000
By Jayden Perez

The State of Nevada reported 516 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the total of confirmed cases to more than 24,000. The death toll statewide has increased to 553, according to the state’s online dashboard. There has been a record number of 12,776 daily new tests reported.

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

7:36 p.m. | July 7, 2020

Nevada Reports Nearly 900 Additional Cases Of COVID-19, Officials Discuss Limitations Of Contact Tracing
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 876 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now nearly 550 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been close to 384,000 COVID-19 tests performed. The growing number of cases in the state is causing challenges related to contact tracing.

Red and blue lights flashing on top of a police car.

The City of Reno held a virtual town hall on June 22 with top county law enforcement officials to discuss a study on policing in Washoe County. The study was completed back in 2018 by the Guinn Center, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization. Town hall participants examined what work has been done to improve community policing since the study was released, along with what work remains to be done. KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Nancy Brune, executive director of the Guinn Center, to learn more.

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

7:51 p.m. | June 30, 2020

Nevada Reports More Than 500 Additional COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 562 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now 507 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada. There have been nearly 323,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

Two people sitting across from each other in front of a curtain. A sign language interpreter is on a screen to the top left.
Screenshot / City of Reno Via YouTube

Top law enforcement officials in Washoe County spoke during a town hall on Monday, June 22, about some of the steps their agencies are looking at to improve community policing as the national discussion on law enforcement reform continues to unfold.

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

7:23 p.m. | June 23, 2020

Nevada Sees Another Record Day Of COVID-19 Cases
By The Associated Press

Mike Kazmierski standing at a podium.
Screenshot / EDAWN via Facebook

Editor's Note: Affinity Development Group will be opening an office in South Reno instead of relocating their corporate headquarters, which was stated in the original version of this story. Both the text and audio have been updated.

Three new companies are coming to Northern Nevada and will eventually hire for more than 300 jobs. 

A blank job application on a table with a pen to the side.
Flazingo.com / Flickr Creative Commons

As college students earn their degrees this spring, they are now facing staggering unemployment rates due to the pandemic. In April, Nevada’s unemployment rate was the highest in the nation at 28.2 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. KUNR's Jayden Perez talked with students and staff at the University of Nevada, Reno, about how they are grappling with the drastic changes to the workforce that are still unfolding.

Two baskets filled with rolled diplomas for a commencement ceremony.
juantiagues / Flickr Creative Commons

Gabino Salinas is a fifth-year student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He would have taken part in commencement with other graduating seniors on May 13, 14, or 15, but the ceremonies have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Salinas arrived at UNR as a first-generation student and started by studying medicine.

Quote from John Bocchi of Sierra Smiles. Bocchi said, "it's a concern for the team, it's a concern for patients, and we are setting ourselves up so that we can become a safe place when people come back to see us."
Jayden Perez / KUNR

Dentists’ work requires them to be in close contact with people and that comes with problems due to the current pandemic. Scaling back business, grappling with regulations and the risks of coronavirus are some of what dentists have to handle.

KUNR’s Jayden Perez talked with John Bocchi, the owner of Sierra Smiles Reno and Tahoe, about his experiences while operating during the pandemic.

Front exterior of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

There are 21,000 students enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, and all of their courses have been moved online. This transition to online coursework has resulted in some growing pains. KUNR’s Jayden Perez checked in with students and professors at UNR, to gauge their reactions to the changes at the university.

Quote from Meredith Fischer. I think a lot of businesses  live paycheck to paycheck and 30 days is one thing,  but 60 days or 90 days  starts to get really tricky for businesses to sustain that.
Jayden Perez / KUNR

Many small businesses in rural Nevada are changing how they operate as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In Gardnerville, several small businesses are grappling with these challenges.

Quote from Todd Renwick. Law enforcement can’t solve this problem by themselves, we need us, as society, to be distraction-free. Until we get to that point, we are going to continue to see these trends.
Jayden Perez / KUNR Public Radio

The University of Nevada, Reno is starting a new campaign to increase pedestrian safety. The move is in response to three incidents involving pedestrians and vehicles impacting the campus community in January.

People waiting in line.
Jayden Perez / KUNR

Many Democrats in Nevada waited in long lines over the weekend in order to participate in early voting for the presidential caucus.

Quote from Jeremy Gelman. I think the lesson of Trump is get into the race, see how it goes, stick with it, and there's a chance you can win. So a lot of people are taking that chance.
Jayden Perez / KUNR

For the 2020 election, a whopping 29 Democratic presidential candidates initially ran to become their party's nominee. Now, there are eight Democratic contenders left in the running.

KUNR’s Jayden Perez spoke with Jeremy Gelman, a political science professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, about this trend of having large candidate pools, and some of the impacts.

The UNR President Search Committee discussing in the Joe Crowley Student Union
Jayden Perez / KUNR

The Nevada Board of Regents said they would like a new president in place at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) by July 1. The regents met with members of the UNR President Search Committee for the first time last week and discussed the process of replacing outgoing President Marc Johnson.