Lucia Starbuck

Student Reporter

Lucia Starbuck is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a cinema and media studies minor. 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 and ideas 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.

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.

Reno Rodeo 100: Living Near The Horses

Jun 28, 2019
Man smiles in front of camera. He is wearing a cowboy hat.
Jessi LeMay

The Reno Rodeo 100 is a multimedia storytelling series wherein people connected to the event have shared intimate, up close tales from the rodeo during open mic events and as part of more in-depth interviews with rodeo documentarians. In this excerpt, Bill Richards describes what it was like living in a tack room. He also reflects on how he was mesmerized by the first Reno Rodeo that he attended in 1947.

A boy in a cowboy hat looks at sheep.
Lucia Starbuck

Mutton bustin’ is one of the Reno Rodeo’s most popular events. It involves children clinging onto the backs of sheep and trying to hang on, as long as possible. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck explores what this sport means to those involved.

Man looks away from camera. He has a cowboy hat on.
Jessi LeMay

The Reno Rodeo 100 is a multimedia storytelling series commemorating the event’s 100th anniversary. In this excerpt, Brett Scheerer from Businessman’s Steer Decorating, remembers a time when a poor soul lost his the Reno Rodeo. He shared the comical tale at an open mic night.

A woman is on a horse. A dog is next to her.
Lucia Starbuck

While the Reno Rodeo is just in town this month, local athletes are practicing year-round. And as KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports, even though women have been competing in rodeos close to 70 years, their opportunities to compete remain limited. 

A woman holds a camera.
Lucia Starbuck

To celebrate and capture the history of the Reno Rodeo's 100th anniversary, multimedia storyteller Jessi LeMay has interviewed more than 75 individuals about their memories of this Western event. She’s talked to cowboys, competitors, queens and everyone in between for the project she's created, Reno Rodeo 100. She spoke with KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck about the project.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste in a purple bin.
Lucia Starbuck

Medicare is the federal health insurance program mostly known for serving adults over the age of 65 regardless of income. Nearly half a million Nevadans are enrolled, but they must still pay out of pocket for dentures or routine dental procedures like cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions. As a result, some seniors must forgo dental care or seek out low cost clinics. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has more.

Dental care equipment on a tray
Lucia Starbuck

Lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow mid-level dental providers, called dental therapists, to practice in Nevada. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck explores why this bill has caused heated debate within the dental community.