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KUNR Youth Media

KUNR, the Washoe County School District, and the Reynolds School of Journalism at UNR are helping local high school students find their unique voices while also developing valuable journalism skills.

Students work with media professionals to produce creative audio stories that matter to them. To learn more, check out this Nevada Today article on our program and see what NPR Youth Radio is producing.

This program was formerly called Reno Youth Radio.

Looking Back: Life In The Peace Corps After World War II

Jan 19, 2021
An old photo of Michael Schop in his uniform is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Hudson Heimerman / KUNR Youth Media

Michael Schop was a member of the Peace Corps who served in La Rochelle, France after World War II.  He’s also the grandfather of Hudson Heimerman, a member of the KUNR Youth Media program. To learn more, Heimerman decided to ask his grandfather what his decades-old adventures were like.

Tammy Soong is standing dressed in a high school graduation gown and smiling at the camera.
Avery Thunder / KUNR YOUTH MEDIA

Avery Thunder is a member of KUNR’s Youth Media program. In this interview, Avery talks to her mom, Tamara Soong, and asks her what it was like being raised in Carson City as a biracial child coming of age in a small town.

Avery Thunder and Janelle Olisea are posing for a selfie. Black bars that say "BYE 2019" are covering both of their eyes.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

After a turbulent year, 2020 is coming to a close. Now, many are looking forward to 2021 with the new challenges and opportunities it might bring. Local high school junior Avery Thunder reflects on 2020 and comments on what the new year might look like in an audio diary for KUNR’s Youth Media program.

Semester Reflection: ‘It’s Been Pretty Chaotic’

Dec 18, 2020
Isabella Wolf is looking at her computer and typing.
Isabella Wolf / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County School District students are wrapping up the semester this week while secondary students are completing their finals virtually. The holiday break comes after several tenuous months when many students had to adjust to hybrid learning models and eventually return to full distance education due to the pandemic. Local high school senior Isabella Wolf reflects on how her semester went in an audio diary for KUNR’s Youth Media program.

Hudson Heimerman and his family are standing together and smiling at the camera.
Hudson Heimerman / KUNR Youth Media

With end-of-the-year celebrations approaching, many holiday plans have been altered or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this commentary, KUNR Youth Media reporter Hudson Heimerman explains why Hanukkah holds a place in his heart and how the pandemic is impacting this special time of the year.

A group of four people huddled together pose for a photo, consisting of two middle-age adults and two older children. There is a blurry dog at the bottom of the image.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County health officials are imploring residents to avoid celebrating Thanksgiving with people outside of their household, as the region sees a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. In this commentary, KUNR Youth Media reporter Avery Thunder paints a grim picture of why she and her family have decided to stay home this year. Frankly, she doesn’t want to lose her grandparents.

On Tuesday night, the Washoe County School Board is considering moving all students to full distance learning starting Dec. 7, which is about a week after Thanksgiving. In this commentary, KUNR Youth Media reporter Hudson Heimerman says that with cases increasing in Washoe County, he's nervous going to school in person these days.

A long table with food dishes on it, including green beans, bread loaves, deviled eggs, chopped potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Isabella Wolf / KUNR Youth Media

Some families, like KUNR Youth Media reporter Isabella Wolf’s family, are making the difficult decision to stay home this Thanksgiving. In this audio diary, Wolf shares the family traditions that she’ll miss this year and what the holiday means to her.

A young blonde girl sits on a white bench. She’s wearing a white shirt with the name, “Obama” drawn on it with a red, white, and blue circle below the name.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

Even though she was too young to vote in this election, local high school student Avery Thunder shares this commentary for KUNR’s Youth Media program on how she feels about former Vice President Joe Biden being declared the winner. She also explores what she hopes his presidency will bring during the pandemic.

Audio Diary: Longing For A Brighter Fall

Nov 17, 2020
Hudson Heimerman is looking at the camera and smiling.
Hudson Heimerman / KUNR YOUTH MEDIA

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Washoe County Health District is urging residents not to gather with people outside of their household. Hudson Heimerman is a student at Reno High School and a reporter for the KUNR Youth Media Program. In this audio postcard, he reflects on how this fall feels different and what he misses the most.

Reflecting On A Spooky Childhood Halloween Memory

Oct 30, 2020
Three glass pumpkins stacked on top of each other on a counter.
Isabella Wolf / KUNR Youth Media

Halloween is just around the corner. In the spirit of the season, KUNR Youth Media Reporter, Isabella Wolf, interviewed her mother, Norma, about a spooky experience from her childhood.

A young woman with purple and pink curled hair sitting down outside and looking off screen. There are green leaves and grass behind her.
Avery Thunder / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County Schools have had to switch to remote learning for all students for more than 10 days this semester due to poor air quality from fires in California. For many local high school students, including Avery Thunder, it's led to a sense of uncertainty. She shares her feelings in an audio diary for KUNR's Youth Media program.

A young woman crosses her arms on a windowsill looking out in the distance through the window.
Isabella Wolf / KUNR Youth Media

Washoe County Schools have been in session for about a month, but for 10 of those class days, schools have been closed and they switched to remote learning, due to poor air quality from fires blazing in California. Local high school student Isabella Wolf recorded an audio diary for KUNR's Youth Media program to share how she’s been feeling about the frequent closures.

Two women are hugging and smiling. They are looking toward the camera.
Courtesy Janelle Olisea

Imagine what your life was like when you were 16 years old. Were you cramming for a test, going out with friends, or getting proposed to? Not many people can say the third option, but Consejo Nucum, the grandma of a KUNR Youth Media reporter, Janelle Olisea, can. Janelle sits down with her grandma to discuss one of the most unexpected moments in her life.

One woman pointing a recorder at another woman while sitting.
Courtesy of Isabella LoConte / Youth Media

Edith Scott worked in a blood bank for over 13 years, spending her career interviewing donors, taking blood, and getting to know her regular patients on a personal level. She retired in 2012, but she remembers her time fondly and still has a lot of stories to tell.

Her granddaughter, Isabella LoConte, a student with KUNR’s Youth Media program, sat down with her to talk about her time there.

Life As A Working Parent: KUNR Youth Media

Sep 3, 2020
Women sitting and hugging each other.
Courtesy Hannah Choi / KUNR Youth Media

Reno resident Kristine Choi always knew she wanted to be a mother, but along with motherhood, she had to work to provide for her family, which is a tough balancing act. Now, her older daughter, Hannah, is 18 and her youngest daughter, Katelyn, is 16.

For KUNR’s Youth Media Program, Hannah interviewed her mom about the challenges of being a working parent.

Being Vegan As A Teenager: Youth Media Opinion

Aug 31, 2020
A stand filled with fruits and vegetables at a grocery store.
Marco Verch / Flickr/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Hannah Choi is a recent high school graduate and a vegan. People often ask her why she is a vegan, so she chose to answer that question in this KUNR Youth Media opinion piece.

A women wearing headphones. She is facing away from the camera and looking out a window.
Burst / Pexels

K-Pop, or Korean Pop, is a genre of music from east Asia that has been making its way into the American mainstream for the past decade. In this KUNR Youth Media opinion piece, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology student Isabella LoConte explores how K-Pop is more than just catchy music.

Men hold hands in front of a parade
Lawerence Jackson / Pete For America

Pete Buttigieg was one of the first openly gay men from a major party to run for president. While his campaign ended during the Democratic primary season earlier this year, his impact on one Hug High School student in Reno lives on.

Here’s Haziel Ramirez with a KUNR Youth Media opinion piece about what the Buttigieg campaign meant to him.

Woman holding her thumbs up, smiling
Ian Thunder

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which in practice granted mostly white women the right to vote. For our Youth Media program, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology student Janelle Olisea has this opinion piece on the state of women’s progress nowadays.

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