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.

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

8:45 p.m. | September 19, 2020

Volunteers Find Big Need For Student Weekend Meals In Vegas
By The Associated Press

Serving Our Kids is a Las Vegas-area program that started small, supplying food to 20 students at one school 14 years ago. Since then, it’s grown into a nonprofit that provides weekend meals for about 3,800 students at 80 southern Nevada schools.
 

Leaves from trees framing the edges of the image. In the distance there is a red tent. The sky is light gray.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

In Washoe County, the air quality has been deemed unhealthy for sensitive groups for more than 20 days in the last month due to fires in California. When air quality is compromised, people are recommended to limit their time outside, but unsheltered individuals can’t always do that.

A packed crowd of approximately 1,000 people. Very few are wearing masks.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada’s Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday, blasting the Trump campaign for defying the administration's COVID-19 safety guidelines. President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of mostly maskless people packed into two campaign rallies last weekend.

A sign with an American flag that says, “Vote here/Vote aquí,” stuck into the grass next to a tree. The background is out of focus.
Trevor Bexon

Lawmakers in Nevada approved a bill to send every registered voter in the state an absentee ballot ahead of the 2020 election. However, where will one’s ballot be sent if they are experiencing homelessness? KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck talked to Heather Carmen, the Assistant Registrar of Voters for Washoe County, about how to send and receive a ballot if you don’t have stable housing or an address.

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

7:30 p.m. | September 15, 2020

Nevada Reports 226 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 And 26 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 226 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 26 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are nearly 1,500 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 948,000 tests performed in the state.

Afuera está oscuro. Un hombre se para en un podio con cinco banderas estadounidenses detrás de él. Está frente a una multitud.
Paul Boger / KUNR Radio Pública

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El presidente Donald Trump utilizó una parada de campaña en el norte de Nevada el sábado por la noche para criticar al gobernador demócrata Steve Sisolak por la cancelación de un evento de campaña en Reno.

Its dark outside. A man stands at a podium with five American flags behind him. He’s in front of a crowd.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

President Donald Trump used his campaign stop in northern Nevada over the weekend to slam Democrats and sow doubt about the integrity of the election.

Two women in masks face each other sitting several feet away in a white circle painted in grass.
Isaac Hoops / Nevada Sagebrush

The University of Nevada, Reno’s fall semester has been in session for nearly three weeks. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports on how the university is faring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A sign outside that says, “Reno Tahoe International Airport,” with a sign beneath it in the grass that says, “RENO,” in large letters.
Trevor Bexon

A Trump campaign rally in Reno planned for this weekend has been canceled because the event would violate the state's COVID-19 restrictions, and Nevada officials aren't backing down on efforts to control the virus.

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

6:49 p.m. | September 8, 2020

Washoe County Reports One COVID-19 Death Tuesday
By KUNR Staff

The Regional Information Center reported one additional COVID-19 death on Tuesday, a man in his 70s without underlying health conditions. The death toll in Washoe County is approaching 150 and nearly 7,800 cases have been confirmed since the start of the pandemic. The county also reported 42 new cases and 41 recoveries on Tuesday. 

The front exterior of a residence. There are eviction notices posted on the home's front door.
Drew Tyre / Flickr Creative Commons

This week, Gov. Steve Sisolak extended the state’s eviction moratorium until mid-October. Right after that announcement, the Trump administration banned evictions until the end of 2020 for renters who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and don't have available housing options. KUNR’s Michelle Billman talked to Lucia Starbuck about what tenants in Nevada can expect.

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

8:06 p.m. | September 1, 2020

Nevada Reports 405 Additional Cases of COVID-19 And 8 COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported just over 400 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported eight additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are over 1,300 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been more than 859,000 tests performed in the state.

Three people in the front have their backs to the camera and are facing a crowd of people. Everyone has their fists in the air.
TY O'NEIL / This Is Reno

Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrated in Carson City over the weekend in solidarity with Jacob Blake, a Black man who is now paralyzed after being shot several times by law enforcement in Kenosha, Wisconsin. As the demonstration ended, a protester was struck by a car, and there was a separate incident of accidental gunfire.

A sign that has 6 hoops at the top and says, “Squaw Valley USA International Mountain Resort.”
Trevor Bexon

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced recently that it's changing its name, which has drawn criticism from some Indigenous leaders for decades.

Photo of a lake with visible rocks under the water and a woman paddleboarding.
Isaac Hoops

The Annual Tahoe Summit was held virtually on Tuesday. This year, officials focused on climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the lake.

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

7:09 p.m. | August 25, 2020

Nevada Reports 30 Additional COVID-19-Related Deaths
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 400 additional cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department reported 30 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are now 1,230 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been nearly 820,000 tests performed in the state.

A woman holds a red, white and blue sign that says, “Save Our Mail Save Our Vote,” with a stamp of an American flag in the middle.
Trevor Bexon

The United States Postal Service recently underwent operational changes that have caused mail delays across the country, worrying voters. But, the Postmaster General said it was not his intention to suppress votes.

A group of women hold signs that read, “Don’t let Trump steal the election again!,” “Trump/DeJoy do not sabotage our right to vote by mail," and “Save the USPS!”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Structural changes within the United States Postal Service have caused concern across the country, and locally. On Saturday, people rallied in front of the post offices in Reno, Sparks and Carson City to support the Postal Service, including its role in the upcoming election, and the delivery of essential services. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck covered the rally in Carson City.

Two people hold signs. One says, “I can teach from a distance but not from a grave,” and “Please don’t kill my wife.”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Many Washoe County teachers and parents protested the reopening of schools before the Board of Trustees’ first in-person meeting since March. Despite the teachers’ pleas, the board confirmed that school will be starting in person on Monday, August 17.

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

6:53 p.m. | August 11, 2020

Nevada Reports 548 Additional Cases Of COVID-19 Tuesday
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 548 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. The department also reported 18 additional COVID-19-related deaths statewide. There are now 981 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been over 712,000 tests performed in the state.

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