Karina Gonzalez

Bilingual Student Reporter

Karina Gonzalez is a first-generation college student from Elk Grove, CA studying journalism and political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Karina is committed to honing her reporting skills and telling stories in a way that is engaging and effective across digital platforms.

Karina gravitates towards community reporting, especially involving the Latino community. As a bilingual reporter for Noticiero Movil and KUNR, Karina strives to tell stories that go unheard.

Outside of Karina's work world, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and going out to eat. She likes to keep herself busy and try new things. Karina appreciates meeting new people by communicating with them and getting to know their story.

A new law goes into effect next month that will extend the amount of time school administrators have to investigate allegations of cyberbullying. Karina Gonzalez has been examining bullying and its impacts on mental health in the Washoe County School District.

As a warning, this story includes conversation about bullying and suicide. If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

Una familia
Connie Elizalde

Esta historia fue traducida por Andrew Mendez.

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Ya sido un año desde que Carla Ballesteros, una alumna de la escuela secundaria Damonte Ranch, murió por suicidio. Karina Gonzalez de KUNR visitó a su la familia en su tumba para lo que habría sido su 17º cumpleaños.

Advertencia: Esta historia incluye conversación sobre el suicidio. Si usted o alguien que conoce está en crisis por favor llame la línea nacional de prevención del suicidio, 1-888-628-9454

La entrenedora celebra con su equipo.
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Esta historia fue traducida por Andrea Linardi. 

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Nevada observó recientemente una mayor cantidad de suicidios en menores de 18 años. El año pasado, hubo 27 de estas muertes, mientras que el año anterior hubo 15. Karina Gonzalez de KUNR investigó este problema en crecimiento y los últimos esfuerzos de prevención. 

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Brianna Murry, 18, graduates from Galena High School this week. She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder last year after a suicide attempt that resulted in hospitalization. Exercising is one of the ways she copes with her mental health. KUNR’s Karina Gonzalez caught up with Brianna during one of her gym sessions.

As a warning, this story includes conversation about suicide and may be triggering to some listeners. If you are in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.

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It’s been a year since Carla Ballesteros, a student at Damonte Ranch High School, died by suicide. KUNR’s Karina Gonzalez visited her family at her gravesite for what would have been her 17th birthday.

As a warning this story may be triggering to some listeners and if you are in crisis please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.

Woman high-fiving young kids.
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Nevada has recently seen more suicides in youth under the age of 18. Last year, there were 27 of these deaths, compared to 15 the year before. KUNR’s Karina Gonzalez examined this growing problem and recent prevention efforts.  

Una mujer sonriendo y abrazando a una almohada.
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El Estatus de Protección Temporal, o TPS, es otorgado por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional. Permite a las personas de varios países como Nicaragua, El Salvador y Haití vivir en los Estados Unidos temporalmente como un "refugio seguro". A finales de 2017, la administración Trump anunció la terminación del programa para numerosos países; sin embargo en octubre, un juez federal de California pospuso la decisión pendiente de más revisiones por los tribunales. Nuestra reportera Karina González visitó con una beneficiaria de TPS de Nicaragua, cuyo estatus de protección temporal debía terminar el 5 de enero.

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Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is designated by the Department of Homeland Security. It allows people from various countries to live in the U.S. as a temporary “safe haven.” In late 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would terminate the program for four countries; however, in October, a federal judge in California put those plans on hold until there is further review by the courts. KUNR Reporter Karina Gonzalez visited a TPS holder from Nicaragua, whose status was originally set to terminate Saturday.

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Tu Casa Latina es una organización sin fines de lucro que ayuda a personas indocumentadas que son víctimas de crímenes, como en el caso de la violencia doméstica o agresión sexual. La organización llevó a cabo un evento sobre abuso sexual contra mujeres inmigrantes que trabajan en horarios nocturnos. Karina Gonzalez de Noticiero Móvil informa.

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Según los últimos datos de los Servicios de Inmigración de los Estados Unidos, hay más de 2,500 (dos mil quinientos) beneficiarios de DACA viviendo en el norte de Nevada y en el área rural de Nevada. Desde el comienzo, el programa, ha protegido a sus beneficiarios contra la deportación. Pero desde el año pasado, las personas indocumentadas que fueron traídas a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños han estado viviendo en un limbo legislativo, después de que la Administración del Presidente Donald Trump rescindiera el programa. Sin embargo algunos están haciendo todo lo posible para seguir adelante a pesar de la incertidumbre, como aquellos que comenzaron su negocio propio. Nuestra reportera Karina Gonzalez informa.

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President Trump recently announced plans to end birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to any child born on U.S. soil, including children of undocumented immigrants. KUNR’s Karina Gonzalez recently sat down with BuzzFeed News reporter, Adolfo Flores, to talk about immigration issues including the migrant caravan.

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Tu Casa Latina is a nonprofit organization that helps undocumented individuals who are victims of crime, such as domestic violence or sexual assault. The organization hosted an event this week about the sexual abuse of immigrant women who work the night shift. KUNR's Karina Gonzalez reports.

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The City of Reno held its second annual Fiesta event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Wingfield Park on Saturday. The park was filled music from all of Latin America and included performances by dancers and artists. People danced to the music or relaxed on the lawn, taking in the Latin experience.

Take a look at our photo gallery highlighting the event:

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El Sistema de Alerta de Emergencias del condado de Washoe es el primero en Nevada en emitir simultáneamente alertas de emergencia en inglés y español. Nuestra reportera Karina Gonzalez informa.

Washoe County’s Emergency Alert System is the first in Nevada to simultaneously issue a warning in both English and Spanish. Our reporter Karina Gonzalez has more.

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Have you ever wondered about the voice on the other end of a 911 call? Melissa Beltron is a public safety dispatcher in Washoe County trained to keep calm under pressure, but there are certain phone calls she says she can never forget. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism joined Beltron for her overnight shift in order to share her story.

Manifestantes sientan en el medio de la calle.
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El Fiscal General Jeff Sessions visitó Reno el 25 de Junio para dar un discurso en la conferencia para la Asociación Nacional de Oficiales de Recursos Escolares en el casino Peppermill. Aproximadamente 200 personas protestaron las políticas de Sessions y el Presidente Donald Trump afuera de la conferencia. Nuestra reportera, Karina Gonzalez, tiene la historia.

Manifestantes sientan en el medio de la calle.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Reno Monday morning to speak at a conference for the National Association of School Resource Officers at the Peppermill Resort. Roughly 200 people gathered outside to protest Sessions and President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Reno Public Radio’s Karina Gonzalez has the story.

Jeff Sessions habla en el escenario.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke Monday at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno to over 1,000 school resource officers at a national school safety conference. As KUNR's Bree Zender reports, Sessions briefly focused on school safety, but spent much of his speech on issues surrounding undocumented immigrants.