Michele Ravera | KUNR

Michele Ravera

Broadcast Host

Michele Ravera joined KUNR in 2014 as a volunteer and was added to the part-time broadcast staff in October 2015.

She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Her first volunteer position in radio was reading Sunday comics on the air for individuals with disabilities. 

She spent her formative years inside the Capital Beltway and lived in Boston, Richmond, New York City, and Baltimore. Michele lived in Gerlach, Nevada, before making Reno her home. At 17 she began her career in broadcasting and has worked for numerous stations as a disc jockey, audio engineer, airborne traffic reporter and talk show producer. Michele has spent many years exploring Nevada where she loves to camp, practice nature photography, rock hound and garden.

KUNR Today: Amodei still weighing run for Nevada governor, Dragonfly species rediscovered near Tahoe

Oct 11, 2021
An image of the Spiny Baskettail dragonfly
Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences (TINS)

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

Construction workers are lifting up a concrete wall. They are wearing fluorescent-colored shirts and vests, as well as hard hats.
Courtesy / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Immigrants in Washoe County made up nearly 30% of construction workers and a quarter of manufacturing workers in 2019, according to a new report funded by the Gateways for Growth Challenge, which provides research and support to increase immigrant inclusion.

KUNR Today: City Of Reno To Require COVID Vaccine For Employees, Elko Hospital Near Capacity

Sep 27, 2021
An image of a woman in military gear receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from a medical professional.
Courtesy / Department of Defense

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

A sandy beach that touches the edge of Lake Tahoe. There is smoke in the sky, which is causing trees and mountains in the background to be difficult to see. The smoke is also creating a sepia-like tint over the photo.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

A large, pool-sized tarp is filled with water. Three firefighters are holding a hose from a fire truck in the background. There is thick smoke in the sky, which is casting a sepia tint on the photo.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog as of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Continued updates can be found on InciWeb and the following social media pages: Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

A brown sign with yellow lettering that reads “Plumas National Forest.” The sign and ground are covered in a dried pink liquid, and there’s a paved road next to the sign. Both the sign and road are surrounded by thick, forested trees.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

An image of a giant plume of smoke on top of a large mountain backdrop
Screenshot / ALERTWildfire

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening area. Please continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 5.

Additional information about the Caldor Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website, InciWeb and El Dorado County’s information page, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, and El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter

More than a dozen firefighters in yellow hard hats and jackets trek up a dusty road. There’s an orange “Road Closed” sign in the forefront. The smoke is thick, gray and covering the far background, giving the photo a sepia tint.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening areaPlease continue to this blog for updates starting Sept. 2.

 Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit on Facebook and Twitter, Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriffs Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

A color-coded map showing the progression of the Caldor Fire. The northeast and southeast sections of the burn area had notable growth on Sunday, August 29.
Courtesy / InciWeb

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

An image of the Caldor Fire southwest of Lake Tahoe
Courtesy / InciWeb

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening area. Please continue to this blog for updates starting Aug. 27.

Additional information about the Caldor Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website, InciWeb and El Dorado Countys information page, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit on Facebook or Twitter, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and Twitter, El Dorado County on Facebook and Twitter, and Eldorado National Forest on Facebook or Twitter. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit this El Dorado County Sheriff map and enter your address.

A firefighter in a yellow hard hat and jacket standing in the forefront in the left corner watching a helicopter in the sky. The smoke is thick, orange and gray, giving the photo a sepia tint.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

KUNR will be providing updates as they relate to our listening areaPlease continue to this blog for updates starting Aug. 25.

Additional information about the Dixie Fire can be found on CAL FIRE’s official incident website and InciWeb, in addition to the following social media pages: CAL FIRE Lassen-Modoc Unit on Facebook and Twitter, Lassen National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, and Lassen County Sheriffs Office on Facebook. To check if there are evacuations in your area, visit community.zonehaven.com and enter your address.

A pharmacist prepares a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are the local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

An image of wildfire smoke amid the Tamarack Fire
Courtesy / Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

A fire spreads rapidly across a roadway.
Tamarack Fire Information Facebook page / Tamarack Fire Incident Management Team

Here are online resources with information about the Tamarack Fire: Inciweb, the Facebook page set up by the fire's incident command team, Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest on Facebook and Twitter, the Great Basin Coordination Center on Twitter, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office on Facebook. Residents can sign up for evacuation notifications on the homepage of the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, with Douglas County's reverse 911 system, and Lyon County's CodeRED system.

For information on the Dixie Fire, you can visit the official incident page on CAL FIRE's website.

As of 7:45 a.m. on July 29, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this web post.

The Beckwourth Complex Fire burning with tall flames and smoke in the air.
Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue via Twitter

Please check the following sites for the most up-to-date information on the Beckwourth-Complex Fire: Washoe CountyPlumas CountyLassen County, and the Official Incident Page. You can also check out the latest information on air quality at airnow.govAs of 5:10 p.m. on July 23, 2021, KUNR is no longer actively updating this webpost.

A landscape with hills and smoke filling the sky.
Bureau of Land Management California via Twitter

As of 4:55 p.m. PT on November 23, 2020, KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog. You can find information about this fire on Inciweb.

This blog included earlier updates from the Pinehaven Fire near Caughlin Ranch in Reno, Nev., from Tuesday, Nov. 17. For updates related to that fire, please visit our live blog

The Baccarat Fire burns north of Reno.
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District via Twitter

As of 11:25 a.m. on October 6, 2020, KUNR is no longer actively updating this page. For the latest updates on this fire, check the Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue Twitter page.

11:25 a.m. | October 6, 2020

The Baccarat Fire north of Reno is 40 percent contained with an acreage of 10,500, according to Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue.

A fire and smoke on the side of a mountain.
Image from ALERTWildfire Greater Tahoe cameras on Twitter @nvfirecams

As of 5:01 p.m. on July 13, 2020, KUNR is no longer actively updating this blog.

5:00 p.m. | July 13, 2020

Investigators have determined the cause of the Numbers Fire, burning south of Gardnerville.

A woman next to a microphone.
Paulapoundstone.com

Public radio listeners may already know Paula Poundstone from her long-running gig as a panelist on the NPR quiz show, "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," but she currently is on tour, has a new puppy, loves vaccuum cleaners, and spoke about all of these things (and more!) with KUNR's Michele Ravera. Their conversation comes just before Poundstone is scheduled to perform in Reno on Saturday, June 1, at the Pioneer Center.

Anne McMillin, APR

Mojave Mental Health provides community-based behavioral health services. 

From medication and therapy to case management and day treatment for adults, the organization offers care for a variety of situations. Trish Romo-Macaluso took some time to go over some background on the facility and what kinds of services are available there. 

Leading this discussion is Anne McMillin of the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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