Kathleen Masterson


Kathleen Masterson covers agriculture, environment, water and energy issues for KUNR. Kathleen came to Reno having worked as a producer for NPR’s science desk and a beat reporter covering agriculture and environment.

As a public radio reporter for the New England News Network, Kathleen reported on deportations of immigrant workers, dairy workers successful efforts in negotiating labor rights from Ben and Jerry's, and Border Patrol's broad reach in northern New England. She won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her work covering immigrants who walked across the U.S. border in rural backwoods in effort to seek asylum in Canada.

Kathleen also covered food production for Harvest Public Media while based at Iowa Public Radio. She wrote stories ranging from the risks of antibiotic use in livestock feed to hedge fund managers betting on corn prices to how the fracking boom has spurred sand mining in Iowa.

Prior to reporting, she worked as a multimedia producer for NPR for several years, editing science and health stories for NPR.org. She produced a series that uncovered colleges' failure to provide justice for campus rapes that won a Peabody Award.

Kathleen has contributed work to NPR, Marketplace, Grist, and NPR-affiliates including WBUR and WGBH. She also worked as a digital producer for PBS NOVA and a science writer for University of California, San Francisco.

When she's not reporting, Kathleen enjoys learning to fly fish, hiking in the Sierra and planning her next travel adventure.