Joey Lovato | KUNR

Joey Lovato

Contributor And Media Partner

Before taking over the production of multimedia content at The Nevada Independent in 2018, Joey was their first intern, serving during the 2017 legislative session. He helped launch The Indy's two podcasts, IndyMatters and Cafecito Con Luz.

His leadership and production skills spurred The Nevada Independent to a first place award for Best Podcast from the Nevada Press Association in 2019.

Prior to working at The Nevada Independent, Joey interned at KUNR Public Radio where he helped launch the station's first podcast. He also has worked at KNPB (Reno Public Broadcasting) on the TV show Wild Nevada.

Joey produces two podcasts of his own called Niche and Residual Culture. He also was part of NPR's Next Generation Radio program, producing a story that aired on NPR stations in Nevada. He also worked at Australian Radio station 4EB FM as a reporter and producer in 2016. Joey was a member of the 2018 KUNR Public Radio team that won a regional Murrow award for Priced Out, an investigative series on affordable housing.

Joey graduated from UNR with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in economics. When he is not working on podcasts, he likes to hike, play board games and pet cats and dogs — especially the two unofficial mascots of The Indy, Macy and Moby. He also loves to talk about multimedia. Feel free to send him any tech questions you have, from gear to the video and audio editing process.

Ways to Connect

Episode 10 - What We Learned

In the final episode of Priced Out Joey talks to some of the people that helped make it a reality. As the title would suggest, you will find out what everyone learned through reporting on the issue of affordable housing. We would like to thank all of you for listening!

Episode 9 - Taxes And Tahoe

Joey talks with one Reno resident who is thinking about moving out of the area because of the steep rent increases. Paul brings you a story on the policy and tax structures that are impacting the housing situation. And finally, Business Reporter Tim Lenard goes up to Tahoe and chats with the CEO of the Tahoe Prosperity Center about housing in that area.

Episode 8 - Motels and Dorms

In this episode, Joey has a guest co-host reporter Jacob Solis. You'll hear from Paul Boger as he talks about daily motels and the impact they are having on the affordable housing problem in the area. Later on in the episode, Jacob has a story about the city's plans to build dorm-style living in Reno, and he wraps up with a debrief with Joey.

BONUS - Pets and Housing

We've got a special bonus episode of the podcast this week. Joey is joined by a special cohost, Jacob Solis. First, we will hear a story from Bree Zender about pets and how they impact renters. Then Jacob talks with the SPCA to find out more about how the housing crunch is impacting pet owners and pet adoptions.

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Krysta Scripter

Episode 7 - Proposing Solutions

This week Joey is joined by editor Michelle Billman while Bree is out reporting. Joey and Michelle talk about the affordable housing community conversation that KUNR held on June 20 at Moana Nursery. We hear from Kim Robinson of Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, State senator Julia Ratti, Eric Novak from Praxis Consulting and Eddie Hult from La Causa Development Nevada. Each panelist gives some thoughts on the issue and some bring up some solutions.

Alexa Ard

Nevada has a shortage of healthcare workers. To combat this problem, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is starting a physician assistant studies program.

 

A man wearing headphones behind a computer screen, appearing to play a video game
Courtesy Nevada Esports

The University of Nevada, Reno’s esports club, Nevada Esports, is one of the largest organizations on campus, and while it isn’t considered a sport at the university, many other schools are adding esports to their rosters.

Episode 6 - How Housing Is Tied To Food Insecurity

With housing insecurity comes food insecurity. This week we hear a story from community health reporter Anh Gray about the Northern Nevada Food Bank and the food pantries in the area. After that, Anh sits down and talks with Al Brislain the president and CEO of the food bank. Joey also gets a chance to hear from Anh about what she learned through her reporting, which allowed her to talk with many families on the brink.

Episode 5 - Health, Housing And Mental Illness

In this episode of Priced Out, Joey and Bree hear from reporter Anh Gray about how the housing situation is impacting the health of the community. Then Bree has a story on mental illness, talking to one mother looking for her son.

Episode 4 - Big Projects, Tiny Homes

Reporter Noah Glick goes to Battle Moutain and Western Nevada College to check out a few tiny homes. He chats with developers to see how these homes may be a solution to the housing crunch and what problems they faced along the way. Joey sits down to chat with Noah to get a better idea of these challenges, as well as get an idea of what the inside of a tiny home is like.

Episode 3 - Growing Student Body, Growing Housing Challenges

In this episode, Joey and Bree chat with reporter Jacob Solis and business reporter Noah Glick. Jacob's story is looking at the lack of student housing and how students are being impacted along with what the University of Nevada, Reno is doing. Noah talks with builders in the Reno area to find out what challenges they face during this housing crunch.

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Anh Gray

Episode 2 - Senior Living In The Housing Crunch

In this week's episode of Priced Out, we take a look at how the housing crunch affects seniors with our reporter Anh Gray. She looks at one of the senior centers in Reno, where she talks to employees as well as seniors about their living situation. Joey then debriefs Anh about her experience.

A women, her two daughters, and their dog, stand outside their motel room
Krysta Scripter

Episode 1 - Motel Living And Explaining The Problem

The first episode of KUNR's inaugural podcast is here! Looking into the affordable housing problem in the area hosts Joey Lovato and Bree Zender air a piece exploring how the crunch is affecting the people behind the numbers as she follows a single mother who was forced to live in a motel in Carson City. Then, Bree interviews reporter Paul Boger about the issue as a whole.

Introducing Priced Out: A Podcast on Affordable Housing


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Joey Lovato

The infamous Fly Geyser, situated on the private land north of Gerlach, has been closed to the public for nearly two decades. But now, the land's new owners – the Burning Man Project – are opening the geyser for public viewing. Reporters Joey Lovato and Bree Zender got a rare chance to check out the Geyser. Take a virtual road trip to see the landmark that has been popular for nature photographers but rarely seen by the public.

Joey Lovato

Every year a group of women gets together to begin the journey of taking back their physical and mental health, after battling breast cancer. They work out nearly every day for six months to prepare for a bodybuilding competition called Breast Cancer to Bikini. KUNR’s Joey Lovato has more.

Announcing Rodeo In Reno And Abroad For Decades

Apr 17, 2018
David Calvert

Niche Podcast highlights people with unique passions and hobbies. Bob Tallman and Wayne Brooks have been announcing rodeo for decades all across the U.S., including Reno, and talked with Niche producers Joey Lovato and David Calvert.

(Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Radiolab is a popular show aired all across the nation on public radio stations out of WNYC in New York. The show focuses on various topics revolving around science and philosophy. Jad Abumrad, the show’s creator, started it in 2002, and it has since become a popular podcast and has also hosted live events. Our reporter Joey Lovato recently talked with Abumrad about his journey through radio and his style of storytelling.

Michelle Matus

David Wise is a decorated Olympic skier who recently returned to Reno after clinching the gold last month during the men's halfpipe event in Pyeongchang. Wise stopped by the KUNR studios to catch up with our reporter Joey Lovato.

 

In his memoir Mulligan’s Wake, author Dave Mulligan recounts some of his outlandish adventures as a young adult following the death of his father. Many of the stories are littered with humor and absurd situations, but at the heart of his writing is an honest look at one man's attempt to grieve for his deceased father in an unconventional way.

Perhaps the most unbelievable story took place decades ago when Mulligan paid a late night visit to Marineland in Palos Verdes, California, which has since closed.

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