Lucia Starbuck

Student Reporter

Lucia Starbuck is a journalism major and a cinema and media studies minor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She directed a documentary about a group of anarchists who host a weekly potluck for those living on the streets, and she served as the audio producer for #NevadaVote, a pop-up newsroom from the Reynolds Media Lab, which covered Nevada’s 2018 midterm elections. Lucia’s goal is to share a wide range of voices from her community through multimedia storytelling.

During her free time, Lucia likes to spend time outside at the lake or going on nature walks. She loves eating good food and petting her chihuahua, Buster. Lucia cherishes time spent with loved ones.

Bernie Sanders is outside at the University of Nevada, Reno with young people walking on both sides of him.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR

Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said he expects a repeat of his victory in New Hampshire here in Nevada.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is an organization that focuses on helping people who are blind live independently. Since June, the Florida-based organization has been monitoring the websites for presidential candidates, specifically looking for how compliant they are with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. With Nevada’s caucus right around the corner, KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with CEO Virginia Jacko about how the candidates scored and how this affects voters.

A rainbow pride flag hangs over a doorway inside a coffee shop. People are chatting and one woman is holding a wine glass.
Lucia Starbuck

This year, there are several LGBTQ+ candidates running for office around Nevada. They say it’s time there’s more representation in local government.

People holding signs and wearing pink hats.
Lucia Starbuck

The Women’s March was initially a protest against President Donald Trump’s inauguration. But now, organizers in Reno say their goal is to empower women in a variety of ways. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to activists who marched over the weekend.

A photo of doors with a sign that says, 'Washoe County School District.'
Lucia Starbuck

The Washoe County School District (WCSD) is facing several lawsuits from former employees. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad has been following this issue. He sat down with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck to break down what the people involved are up against.

A vacant lot with a church in the background.
Lucia Starbuck

A 20-story hotel might be built in downtown Reno along the Truckee River. But a building this tall would produce a giant shadow. That has people of different interests worried. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad spoke with Lucia Starbuck about the city’s decision on the hotel proposal.

People hold signs with one letter each spelling impeach.
Lucia Starbuck

Attendees of a pro-impeachment rally say they’re optimistic that President Donald Trump will be removed from office, either through congressional action or by the voters next year. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the story.

Two women and a girl pose for a picture.
Lucia Starbuck

Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren held a town hall in Reno Tuesday night. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to attendees about issues that matter to them, like climate change and immigration.

People are around a table decorating clothing.
Lucia Starbuck

Local high school students involved with the Nevada Youth Climate Strike recently held an event in Reno, where they taught people how to recycle and transform old clothes. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck profiles the founder of this group, who will be a first time voter in the 2020 election.

Black and white photo of three people posing in front of a car. There is a banner that reads: Votes for Women
Courtesy of the Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

While you’re driving down the road in Nevada, you will soon see a new set of historical markers to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the story.

Cannabis plants under green light.
Vera Samburova/DRI

The same chemicals that give cannabis its distinct smell may be contributing to air pollution and affecting human health. Recent tests of four cannabis grow facilities in Nevada and California found that the plants naturally release compounds that, when they accumulate in the air, create smog.

A wall decoration says, "The strength of the pack is the wolf...and the strength of the wolf is the pack."
Lucia Starbuck

This fall, the University of Nevada, Reno has been confronted with numerous acts of white supremacy, hate and bias on campus. Different incidents have occurred across multiple buildings, including Wolf Pack Tower, a residence hall located in downtown Reno. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck and Andrew Mendez visited the tower to see how students and staff are doing.

Lucia Starbuck

It’s been a century since a new full-service hospital opened up in the Reno-Sparks area. KUNR’s Health Reporter Anh Gray talked with fellow reporter Lucia Starbuck about Northern Nevada Sierra Medical Center, a facility that’s slated to open in a few years.

A body of water with a pipe in the forefront and street signs with water surrounding them.
Bob Conrad / ThisisReno

Different solutions have been proposed to reduce water levels from the flooded Swan Lake in Lemmon Valley, a battle that has been affecting nearby residents since 2017. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about what’s been done, what can be expected, and how some residents are feeling.

Hemp plants growing out of dirt.
Nevada Department of Agriculture

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, can be found in the cannabis plant. Products containing CBD are easily accessible, but regulations remain unclear on selling these products in Washoe County. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad about this issue.

A man in a black shirt stands with his arms crossed.
Lucia Starbuck

The annual Burning Man festival is underway this week; however, the process of getting the artwork ready has been going on for months. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck spoke with one artist before he set out for the playa.

A whale sculpture made out of stained glass panels.
Bob Conrad / ThisisReno

The Space Whale, which is currently located by the BELIEVE sign on Reno’s city plaza, may need to find a new home soon. The sculpture's lease is up at the end of this month. ThisisReno’s Bob Conrad, who has been following this story, met with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck to discuss what the possible next steps are.

Four people are painting different parts of a wall.
Lucia Starbuck

Many mural-painting events let the public gaze upon artists decorating a wall. However, this July during Artown, a community workshop in Spanish Springs allowed anyone to stop by and pick up a paintbrush to add color and life to a dull white wall. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.

I was one of three KUNR reporters who recently graduated from a clown class taught by the Reno Rodeo’s new barrelman and rodeo clown, John Harrison. I spent the class taking photos and laughing with--and at--my colleagues. The class consisted of learning how to put clown makeup on, what it’s like to be in a barrel in the arena, and what it takes to entertain a crowd.

A man in a red shirt and cowboy hat is grabbing surgical bandages.
Holly Hutchings

The Reno Rodeo has ended, and some of the athletes are already headed to their next competitions. Injuries from these events can leave riders with lasting impacts, physically and emotionally, as they move forward. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.