Michelle Billman | KUNR

Michelle Billman

News Director

Michelle Billman is the news director at KUNR Public Radio in Reno, Nevada where she oversees a scrappy crew of multimedia storytellers. She’s a transplant from the East Coast, where she earned degrees in creative writing and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Virginia Tech.

Under Michelle’s direction, and in close partnership with Noticiero Móvil, KUNR has become an early adopter within public media for providing Spanish digital content to its local audience in an effort to start addressing language access gaps. This initiative has been recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow award for innovation and a Public Media Journalists Association award for collaboration.

Working with developing reporters is important to Michelle, which is why she established an internship program at KUNR for students at the Reynolds School of Journalism. Under her editorial guidance, college reporters have earned national and regional awards. She’s also served as a mentor for NPR’s Next Generation Radio program and helps run the KUNR Youth Media program for high school students in Washoe County.

Outside of radio, Michelle is usually busy chasing her toddler, Alex, or doing art projects with her first grader, Nora. Michelle also enjoys working on nonfiction writing projects, which have appeared in literary journals like River Teeth and Ninth Letter

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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.

KUNR logo with Journalism News Awards 2020 headline.
KUNR Public Radio

KUNR, Noticiero Móvil and This Is Reno have won a national Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The award is for bilingual pandemic coverage produced by these three partner organizations throughout 2020.

An image of Krysta Palmer diving into a pool
Courtesy / UNR Women's Swimming & Diving

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 3, 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.

An image taken outside the Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Courtesy / Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 26, 2021.

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, July 23, 2021.

An image of a wildfire burning with large plumes of smoke
Courtesy / Oregon Department of Forestry

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

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.

An image of a firefighter walking along a fire line in the forest.
U.S. Navy / Creative Commons, CC BY 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, July 19, 2021.

A screenshot from an ALERT Tahoe camera showing smoke billowing.
SCREENSHOT FROM ALERTWILDFIRE CAMERAS / BLM NEVADA

Editor’s Note: As of Friday, June 11, KUNR has stopped actively updating this web post. The Jacks Valley Fire is 100% contained. You can find the latest updates here.

11:35 a.m. | June 10,  2021

An aerial image of the campus of UNR.
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Monday, May 10, 2021.

An image of the Fallen Officers Memorial in Carson City, Nevada.
Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, May 7, 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.

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

7:00 p.m. | April 20, 2021

Nevada Reports Above Average Number Of New Cases, Deaths
By Paul Boger

Health officials reported 381 new cases and nine additional deaths in Nevada Tuesday.

Both are well above the state's two-week rolling average of new daily coronavirus cases and death. 

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

 

 

7:00 p.m. | April 13, 2021

Gov. Sisolak Confident Nevada Can Fully Reopen By June 1
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada is on path to lift a majority of COVID-19 restrictions in the coming months, Governor Steve Sisolak announced at his press conference Tuesday.

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

7:13 p.m. | April 6, 2021

Nevada Continues To Report Fewer Than 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada’s COVID-19 test-positivity rate is slowly starting to tick up. 

The latest data from the state shows about 4.4% of all COVID tests are coming back positive. The metric is a key indicator of how quickly the virus is spreading through a community. 

An image of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas
jimmywayne / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2021.

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

6:30 p.m. | March 30, 2021

Nevada Sees Fewer Than 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19, On Average, Over Last Two Weeks
By Lucia Starbuck

Nevada is averaging fewer than 200 new daily cases of COVID-19. That’s according to Nevada’s Covid Response Dashboard which provides an average of new daily cases over a two-week period.

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

6:25 p.m. | March 23, 2021

Nevada Sees Average Of 200 Daily Cases Of COVID-19 Over Last Two Weeks
By Lucia Starbuck

There have been an average of about 200 daily cases of COVID-19 in Nevada over the last two weeks, along with four deaths per day.

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