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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.

Two protestors are in the forefront and kneeling. Their signs read, “Your sweeps are violent, we will not be silent!” “Stop harassing the homeless,” and “Move where?” People are protesting behind them and a person is to their right holding a megaphone.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

A group of advocates protested outside of Reno City Hall 24/7 for seven days straight, demanding the city stop the ongoing clearing of homeless encampments. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck reports on what has transpired.

An image of the John Mackay statue on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
University of Nevada, Reno

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

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Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, June 7, 2021.

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Juan Najera / Bureau of Land Management

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of June 3, 2021.

A row of four white houses with a shared lawn in front of them. There is a red “For Rent” sign in the yard facing the camera.
livinginmonrovia / Flickr Creative Commons

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak placed a statewide eviction moratorium more than a year ago in an effort to keep people housed during the pandemic. That moratorium was lifted on Monday, but tenants may still be protected under the federal eviction ban.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

A wooden sign post with a sign that says, “Heinz Ranch Reclamation Program.” Behind the sign are weeds, hills and a pile of tires.
Wesley Kaopio / KUNR Youth Media

A huge development project in the Cold Springs area, north of Reno, just got one step closer to acquiring funding for infrastructure. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck and KUNR Youth Media’s Wesley Kaopio explore what the developers are aiming to do and how some Cold Springs residents feel.

KUNR Today: Grim Fire Season Outlook, COVID-19 Cases Continue To Decrease In Nevada

May 25, 2021
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Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your morning news headlines for Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

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

Editor’s Note: KUNR is no longer updating this blog series as of Wednesday, May 26. For the most current information about the novel coronavirus in Nevada, in addition to local news headlines, visit KUNR Today.

5:45 p.m. | May 24, 2021

COVID-19 Cases And Test Positivity Rate Continue To Decrease In Nevada
By Lucia Starbuck

COVID-19 cases are continuing to decrease in Nevada.

Officials are reporting an average of 161 daily cases over the last two weeks, along with two deaths per day during that same time period. Daily cases have steadily decreased since the start of the month.

A digital illustration of DNA sequences. They are colored red and blue.
SHELLY SUH / THE HITCHCOCK PROJECT

Lawmakers in Nevada are considering a bipartisan bill, Senate Bill 251, which would require primary care clinicians to inform their female patients about the option to screen for harmful genetic mutations that increase the risk for cancer. The bill would put federal recommendations regarding access to genetic screenings into state law.

An image of a rehabilitation center at Renown Hospital.
Courtesy City of Reno

Here are your local morning news headlines for Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

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

6:12 p.m. | May 11, 2021

Head Of Washoe County Health District Supports Vaccine Requirements For Students
By KUNR Staff

Washoe County’s top public health official said he supports COVID-19 vaccination requirements before students can return to school this fall. 

A color-coded map showing the drought severity throughout the U.S.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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Vincent Bradison / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

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

6:00 p.m. | May 4, 2021

Nevada’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Still Declining
By Lucia Starbuck

The COVID-19 vaccination rate in Nevada is still slowing down.

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Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

An image of Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. She is wearing a face mask and looking away from the camera.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021.

A hallway with lockers at a school. There are two students at the end f the hallway holding books.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021.

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

5:45 p.m. | April 27, 2021

Washoe County School District To Spend Up To $3 Million For Summer School
By KUNR Staff

The Washoe County School District is gearing up for a massive summer school program.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the district plans to spend up to $3 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds on the program.

A screenshot of a Zoom meeting. Heidi Gansert is in an office holding up a printed document of Senate Bill 251.
Screenshot / Nevada Legislature

Earlier this week, the Nevada Senate passed a bipartisan bill that could make a particular genetic screening for women’s health, a state law. KUNR’s Lucia Starbuck has the details.

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