Paul Boger

News Reporter

Paul grew up in Phoenix and earned his B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Troy University in Alabama where he worked as a producer, editor and local host for Troy Public Radio. Paul then spent several years at Mississippi Public Broadcasting as the legislative and education reporter. His work there was featured on several NPR newscasts, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, PBS Newshour and the BBC.

He’s also collaborated with the NPR Ed and the Southern Education Desks on stories that have aired across the Southeast. That work has earned Paul several Mississippi AP Broadcasters Association Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Paul is looking forward to calling Reno his new home. When he’s not working you can find him and his wife, Lynsey, playing with their dog, Hank. He also enjoys reading, running, hiking, camping, playing board games, collecting postcards, road tripping and, of course, listening to public radio and podcasts.

Governor Steve Sisolak sits at a podium at the state legislature.
Lucia Starbuck / This Is Reno

Lawmakers in Nevada are slated to gavel into a special session Wednesday morning to address a looming budget crisis. According to a report released by the Governor’s Office, Nevada is looking at a $1.2 billion deficit in the state’s general fund. 

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

7:36 p.m. | July 7, 2020

Nevada Reports Nearly 900 Additional Cases Of COVID-19, Officials Discuss Limitations Of Contact Tracing
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 876 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now nearly 550 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada, and there have been close to 384,000 COVID-19 tests performed. The growing number of cases in the state is causing challenges related to contact tracing.

14 desks separated with at least six feet of space to adhere to social distancing rules.
Washoe County School District

In a little more than a month, students across Nevada will settle into the 2020-2021 academic year, but as COVID-19 continues to spread, school officials in Washoe County are rethinking what in-person instruction may look like.

A worker trimming a cannabis plant at a cultivation facility.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Starting this month, Nevada’s new Cannabis Compliance Board will take over regulatory authority of the state’s growing marijuana industry from the Department of Taxation. Originally proposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak last year, the new agency is now tasked, in part, with inspecting cultivation facilities, testing cannabis products and determining who can grow and sell cannabis in the state. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Tyler Klimas, executive director of the board, to better understand what that transition means for Nevada.

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

7:51 p.m. | June 30, 2020

Nevada Reports More Than 500 Additional COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reported 562 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. There are now 507 COVID-19-related deaths in Nevada. There have been nearly 323,000 COVID-19 tests performed in the state.

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the UNR Campus.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

When Governor Steve Sisolak issued stay-at-home orders in mid-March, colleges and universities in Nevada took the unprecedented step of moving all classes online. Now, much like the rest of the state, schools are looking for ways to safely reopen ahead of the fall semester. 

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

7:32 p.m. | June 16, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Case Jump
By Lucia Starbuck

People waiting in a line next to orange cones to vote.
Paul Boger

6:16 p.m. | June 19, 2020
By Bree Zender

The mail-in ballots for Nevada's primary election have all been counted as of Friday. Northern Nevada filtered out many state assembly candidates in the process, as well as those running for a couple of seats in the U.S. Congress. 

Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert
Nevada Department of Education

Like many aspects of life, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the 2019-2020 school year in Nevada to a screeching halt. Since then, schools have remained silent with teachers and students relying on distance learning to complete the semester. But what about next year? Will schools be ready to reopen in the fall? KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert to get her take on the coronavirus’ impact on schools across the state.

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

7:08 p.m. | June 9, 2020

Nevada Reports Highest Spike Of New COVID-19 Cases
By Lucia Starbuck

Two mail-in ballots.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

For the first time, a majority of the voters in Nevada will cast a ballot by mail in the upcoming June 9 primary. But the decision to switch to a mostly mail-in election hasn’t come without some controversy. KUNR's Paul Boger has the report.

A man and a woman are writing on a poster that is hanging on a boarded window.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Reno is on the mend after a riot occurred on Saturday night, causing damage to public and private property in the heart of the Biggest Little City. To get the latest on what happened, we turn to KUNR's Paul Boger to learn what residents, business owners and city officials are doing to assess the damage and to begin clean up.

People disperse after law enforcement fire tear gas onto a bridge.
Paul Boger

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has declared a state of emergency after a march against police brutality turned violent Saturday. KUNR’s Paul Boger was in the midst of it all and he has this report.

As a warning, some of the content in this story may be considered disturbing and unsuitable for some listeners.

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

8:24 p.m. | June 2, 2020

More Than 176,000 COVID-19 Tests Performed Statewide
By Lucia Starbuck

The Nevada Legislative building
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada is facing a budget crisis. According to estimates, sales and gaming taxes fell drastically during the state’s COVID-19 related shutdown in March and April, leaving a gaping budget hole for the current fiscal year ending June 30. So, how are lawmakers and others addressing the issue?

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

10:10 p.m. | May 26, 2020

Nevada Can Enter Phase 2 Of Reopening Process Friday

By Michelle Billman

Two mail-in ballots laying on a wood table.
Paul Boger / KUNR

COVID-19 has changed just about every aspect of daily life over the past few months, and that includes Nevada’s June 9 primary. For the first time, the Silver State is holding a mail-in election to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. While many voters have already cast their ballot, others have questions. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Wayne Thorley, Nevada’s deputy secretary for elections, to learn more about the primary.

The Churchill County School District's Administration Office
Churchill County School District

The end of the 2019-2020 school year is nearly upon us. Districts would typically use this time to finish any last-minute preparations for graduation or end of the year grading. But this year, many school leaders are focusing on what it will take to reopen ahead of the next academic year. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Summer Stephens, the superintendent of the Churchill County School District, to see how the district is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

8:23 p.m. | May 19, 2020

Washoe Co. Health Officials Say More Cases Indicate Community Spread
By Danna O'Connor

A neon open sign above a door.
Sean McMenemy / Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend some businesses and restaurants in Nevada will open for the first time since mid-March. It's welcome news for many owners that have struggled to get by in recent months, but for some Nevadans, the phased-in approach to reopening isn't moving fast enough. Some city and county leaders are making their displeasure known.

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