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.

A Carson City School District Bus

With nearly 8,000 students, Carson City has one of the larger school districts in the state, but nearly half of the students there live below the federal poverty line. That can present a real challenge for educators in Nevada's capital city. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Carson City School Superintendent Richard Stokes about the challenges and opportunities facing the district.

A large pile of rubbish sits only a stone's throw away from a sign that says "No Dumping Allowed."
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Love it or hate it, Burning Man has become an institution in Northern Nevada. The annual counter-culture festival in the Black Rock Desert draws tens of thousands of tourists every year, bolstering the area's economy and arts scene. However, critics are concerned about the amount of trash and refuse left behind. KUNR's Paul Boger took a look around town to see the trash post-burn.

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After lawmakers in California sent a letter to their counterparts in Nevada asking for a summit aimed at tackling gun violence, legislative leaders in the Silver state remain split on whether to accept the invitation.

Students across Nevada are beginning to settle into the 2019-2020 school year. To get a sense of how one district is doing, KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Churchill County Schools Superintendent Summer Stephens about the opportunities and challenges facing one of the state's smaller districts.

Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District

9 am Sunday:

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District tweeted a little before 9 am Sunday saying that all evacuations related to the Long Valley Fire have been lifted. The blaze was 50% contained at that time and mapped at 2,438 acres. Officials added that fire crews will mop up the site Sunday and air support is flying in Sunday morning. 

8:45 pm Saturday:

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District is reporting a 1,500 acre fire burning along U.S. 395 near Rancho Haven in Red Rock north of Reno.

Voters stand in front of a voting machine.
Jacob Solis / KUNR Public Radio

There’s still a little more than six months until Nevada’s Democratic Caucus, but already candidates have crisscrossed the state drumming up support wherever they can. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Megan Messerly, the lead 2020 reporter for the Nevada Independent, to get the latest on the campaigns and to find out what they must do to carry the Silver State.

Is The Robotic Revolution Upon Us?

Aug 14, 2019
A white robot with human features stands ready to assist humans with various tasks.
Alex Knight via Unsplash

For nearly a century, they’ve been at the forefront of science fiction. They’ve been both heroes and villains. Sometimes they’re highly sophisticated and intelligent, while others are a bit more bumbling and even neurotic. We’re talking, of course, about robots.

A man takes aim at a target while shooting at a local range.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California have, once again, raised concerns about gun laws around the country. Case in point: the Gilroy shooting, which left three people dead and a dozen more injured at a festival last month. According to police, the shooter used a semi-automatic rifle, known as a WASR 10, purchased legally at a gun shop in Fallon before it was taken across state lines to California where that firearm is banned. 

The Washoe County School Board has set a tentative deadline of Summer 2020 to find a replacement for ousted Superintendent Traci Davis.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Washoe County School Board has put into place a tentative deadline to hire a new superintendent by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Is Seeing Really Believing?

Jul 17, 2019
Gideon Caplovitz/UNR

There’s an old adage that 'seeing is believing' or 'I’ll believe it when I see it,' but can our eyes really be trusted?

The facade around the entrance of Argenta Hall was nearly completly blown out due to the explosion.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Officials with the University of Nevada, Reno say a dormitory that was severely damaged during an explosion last week is structurally sound but currently uninhabitable. That's putting a strain on the school as it prepares for the upcoming academic year.

KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with University Provost Kevin Carman about the explosion, and how the school plans to move forward in the coming months.

WCSD Interim Superintendent speaks to reporters following the Board of Trustees firing of former Superintendent Traci Davis.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

It’s been a little more than a week since the Washoe County School Board fired Superintendent Traci Davis, and with roughly a month until schools across the county reopen for the fall, many parents, teachers and students have been left wondering how the upheaval will affect the new school year. KUNR’s Paul Boger spoke with Kristen McNeill, the district's interim superintendent about the recent changes, and how she plans to improve some of the issues facing the district.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) greets suppoerters at a recent campaign event in Downtown Reno.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Laying out a platform that includes tackling the nation's housing crisis, expanding Medicare to all and addressing climate change, Massachusetts Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, made her second visit to Northern Nevada this week. To talk about those issues, she spoke with KUNR's Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger before the event.

Former Superintendent Traci Davis looks on as the WCSD Board of Trustees votes to fire her during a special meeting.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

The Washoe County School Board has voted to terminate Superintendent Traci Davis for either willfully, or through gross negligence, allowing confidential information to be leaked and, ultimately, used against the district. The firing caps off nearly two weeks of speculation and heated controversy between Davis and the district. KUNR's Paul Boger was at Monday's meeting and has this report.

Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Next week, the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees will hold a meeting to determine if Superintendent Traci Davis willfully, or through gross negligence, leaked confidential information pertaining to a lawsuit. Davis denies the allegations. The meeting will cap-off weeks of speculation and heated controversy between Davis and the district. KUNR's Paul Boger sat down with the board's president Katy Simon Holland to get her side of the story.

Sage and wildflowers bloom along a section of rangeland in Northern Nevada.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

As fire season begins to ramp up across the American West, firefighters in Nevada will have more money this year to battle those blazes. That's due, in part, to new legislation passed by lawmakers during the 2019 session, but that's one of the many environmentally-related bills to come out of the legislature. KUNR's Paul Boger spoke with Daniel Rothberg with the Nevada Independent to break it all down.

Ford, surrounded by law enforcement and municipal leaders, speaks to reporters about the expanded opioid lawsuit
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada's top law enforcement official is filing a new lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for their role in the state's opioid epidemic. As KUNR's Paul Boger reports, the suit claims the group created an unprecedented public health crisis for their own profit.

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Despite steady improvements in child well-being since the early '90s, Nevada continues to lag behind the rest of the nation in child health, education, economics and family and community life. That's according to the newest Kids Count report released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

A stethoscope on a desk
Alexa Ard / KUNR Public Radio

Lawmakers in Nevada passed a number of bills aimed at improving the state's healthcare system this session. To help break some of it down, KUNR's Senior Political Reporter Paul Boger sat down with Megan Messerly, a healthcare reporter with The Nevada Independent to discuss some of those new laws.

Searching For Life 'Out There'

Jun 12, 2019
Brittany Kruger

Since antiquity, humans have been looking up and wondering, ‘Is there life out there?’ or ‘Are we alone?’. The latest Kepler mission data suggests that there are over 40 billion habitable world zones in the universe with the potential to support life. Out of the 40 billion habitable zones, there has to be life out there somewhere, right?