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Lucia Starbuck

Report for America Corps Member

Lucia Starbuck is a corps member with Report for America focusing on community reporting and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is from Reno and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in cinema and media studies. Local community issues are her passion, including the affordable housing crisis, homelessness, a lack of access to healthcare, protests and challenges facing vulnerable communities in northern Nevada.

Lucia contributed to KUNR’s coverage of hateful expressions, including anti-Semitism, at the University of Nevada, Reno, produced in 2019, which won a regional Edward R. Murrow award in the Best Continuing Coverage category and first place in the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) broadcast contest for Continuing Coverage. She co-created and contributed to a series about the Reno Rodeo’s 100th anniversary called Spurs & Mud: A Century of Rodeo, which won first place from APTRA in 2019 for Best Sports Coverage. In 2020, she was awarded the Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer Award from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

A group of 11 people, all wearing masks, pose together for a group photo.
Courtesy of Sonny Vinuya

About 3,800 hate incidents against people of Asian descent have been reported nationwide over the past year.

In Southern Nevada, Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group, according to reporting by the Associated Press in 2019.

To understand how Nevada’s Asian community has fared over the last year, KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck sat down with Sonny Vinuya, president of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

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

 

 

7:34 p.m. | April 9. 2021

 

 

Nevada Reports Largest Number of New Cases In Nearly A Month
By Paul Boger

Nevada health officials reported the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases in nearly a month. 

A photo from above of a gravel lot. In the front is a line of three cars. In the back right corner, there are four rows of cars. In the back left corner, there is a carport with six entrances. There are cars at every other entrance.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

A COVID-19 vaccination site in Churchill County is offering the vaccine to anyone 16 and older regardless of what county they live in. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck stopped by the site on Thursday to learn more.

Four masked people are sitting at a table. Christopher Hazlett-Stevens is sitting furthest away, facing the camera, peering over his glasses at a man in a black sweatshirt, work boots, and a face shield, with his back to the camera.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The Reno Municipal Court relaunched its Community Court program Wednesday to provide unhoused individuals who have committed minor offenses with resources instead of jail time. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck stopped by to learn more.

An image of Selena Torres
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thurs, Apr. 8, 2021.

An image of a house with a grass lawn
Paradise Palms / CC BY 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021.

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

7:13 p.m. | April 6, 2021

Nevada Continues To Report Fewer Than 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada’s COVID-19 test-positivity rate is slowly starting to tick up. 

The latest data from the state shows about 4.4% of all COVID tests are coming back positive. The metric is a key indicator of how quickly the virus is spreading through a community. 

A compilation of six photos from 2020 and 2021, which includes health care professionals at a COVID-19 testing site, demonstrators for protests or political rallies, Renown Health's COVID-19 care site, vaccine administrators and a food bank volunteer.
(Top row, left) Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno; (remaining photos) Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Lucia Starbuck has covered the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year for KUNR Public Radio with Report for America, This Is Reno and Our Town Reno. In this photo gallery, she shares her photos from the field.

An image of a person receiving a vaccine shot.
Courtesy of CVS

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Vincent Sosa / Creative Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021.

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

6:30 p.m. | March 30, 2021

Nevada Sees Fewer Than 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19, On Average, Over Last Two Weeks
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada is averaging fewer than 200 new daily cases of COVID-19. That’s according to Nevada’s Covid Response Dashboard which provides an average of new daily cases over a two-week period.

A crowd is gathered at the Reno City Plaza, facing away. On the back of one man’s shirt reads “JUSTICE FIRST ALWAYS.” A woman in a grey jacket holds a sign which reads, “Stop Anti-Asian Violence! Smash White Supremacy.”
Isaac Hoops / KUNR Public Radio

Over the weekend, Stop Asian Hate rallies were held nationwide, including in Reno, to denounce violence and racism toward Asian Americans. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to people there.

A photo taken of Natalie. She’s in business attire and sitting in front of a laptop with a ring light facing her. In the background is a white shelf with glass plates and family photos.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

Throughout the pandemic, there has been a lack of resources in languages other than English. So some groups aren’t getting the information they need. One of KUNR’s bilingual reporters Natalie Van Hoozer has been reporting on the challenges Latinos and Spanish speakers in Nevada have faced over the last year. She’s also been hosting virtual events in Spanish to provide critical information not readily available to the Spanish-speaking community. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talks to her to learn more.

An image of a treeline next to a lake.
Birgit F / Creative Commons, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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

6:25 p.m. | March 23, 2021

Nevada Sees Average Of 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19 Over Last Two Weeks
By Lucia Starbuck

There have been an average of about 200 daily cases of COVID-19 in Nevada over the last two weeks, along with four deaths per day.

An image of Governor Steve Sisolak getting his vaccine.
Courtesy of Gov. Sisolak's Office

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021.

A photo taken outdoors of Jennifer Cantley who is wearing a grey zip-up jacket. She’s in focus with mountains and sagebrush in the background out of focus.
Courtesy of Jennifer Cantley

Jennifer Cantley from Douglas County tested positive for COVID-19 in early November and she’s still experiencing symptoms.

She has a pre-existing condition that has made it harder to recover. Last year, she was diagnosed with what’s called a pseudotumor. This causes extra fluid which puts pressure on her brain.

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

4:50 p.m. | March 9, 2021

Higher Than Average Number Of New Daily Cases Reported In Nevada
By Paul Boger

Nevada health officials reported a higher-than-average number of new daily coronavirus cases Tuesday.

A compilation of six photos from 2020 and 2021, which includes a closed school, Sisolak during a press conference, lawmakers at the Nevada Legislature, a voting site, Renown Health's COVID-19 care site and a Nevadan receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
(Top row, from left) Molly Carnell / The Hitchcock Project; Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno; David Calvert / The Nevada Independent; (Bottom row, from left) Paul Boger / KUNR; Lucia Starbuck / KUNR; Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

Nevada announced its first two presumptive positive COVID-19 cases on March 5, 2020. A year into the pandemic, the state has reported nearly 300,000 cumulative cases, and more than 5,000 Nevadans have died. The timeline below encapsulates events and themes from the past year that have impacted Nevadans.

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Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

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