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Web Adaptations: Jayden Perez

Jayden Perez is a former student reporter at KUNR Public Radio. Find more of his work here.

In addition to his reporting, Jayden produced stories from other contributors for KUNR's website. View the stories below.

The exterior of Little Flower Catholic Church.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

Paul McCollum is the pastor at Little Flower Catholic Church in Reno, which serves English- and Spanish-speaking communities.

While reporting on a vaccine clinic being held there, KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer spoke with McCollum about how the church and parishioners have been impacted by the pandemic.

Miembros de la comunidad se encuentran en el aparcamiento frente a una iglesia. Hacen cola y rellenan formularios en tablillas con sujetapapeles.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

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A medida que la vacunación COVID-19 se estanca en el norte de Nevada, líderes comunitarios están probando un enfoque diferente. Expertos médicos y de salud pública locales están colaborando con miembros del clero para proveer vacunas a la comunidad latina.

Una ilustración conceptual de Ricardo Salazar cantando. Detrás de él hay una pancarta de papel picado, y en primer plano le rodean notas musicales y teclas de piano. Los miembros de su familia también están ilustrados cerca de su corazón.
Lauren Ibañez / NPR Next Generation Radio

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Esta historia es parte de una serie del programa Next Generation Radio de NPR que exploró el tema ¿Qué significa ser estadounidense?

Decorated vehicles and people dressed in colorful clothing are moving down Virginia street with many people watching from the sidewalks.
Nick Stewart / KUNR Youth Media

Over the weekend, the annual Northern Nevada Pride parade and festival was held in downtown Reno. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented many events, such as this one, from happening in person.

Audio Diary: Coming Out As Gay To My Family

Jul 23, 2021
Nick Stewart and Mindy Stewart are smiling at the camera.
Nick Stewart / KUNR Youth Media

Coming out as gay wasn’t easy for local high schooler Nick Stewart. He was worried about how his family would react and if they would accept him. In this audio diary, Nick talks about how he overcame his fears.

A conceptual illustration of Ricardo Salazar singing. A papel picado banner is placed behind him, and music notes and piano keys surround him in the foreground. His family members are also illustrated near his heart.
Lauren Ibañez / NPR Next Generation Radio

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This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Growing up, Ricardo Salazar would unapologetically blast traditional Mexican music from the back of his parents’ car. For Salazar, music became the way he was able to express himself and connect to his identity as an American and a Mexican. 

Reno Local Says Working Hard Is America’s Heritage

Jul 15, 2021
A conceptual illustration of Gloria Smith looking into the distance.
Ard Su / NPR Next Generation Radio

This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Gloria Smith grew up in a large working-class family in a small town in Northern Nevada, where she played with chickens and rabbits. She and her husband did not come from much but still have what she feels is a prosperous life. Now 81 years old, Smith reflects on how America used to be a nation of compassion and how it could be once again.

A conceptual illustration of a crowd looking at Dwight and Everett George, who are standing on a stage.
Lauren Ibañez / NPR Next Generation Radio

This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

“We’re just trying to open people’s minds and make them see that you’re part of a community, so we should all take care of each other; we should all care about each other,” Dwight George said.

A conceptual illustration of Nandar Yukyi at work. She is wearing a white coat while writing in a journal. In the background are two faded illustrations, which act as flashbacks, of a car driving and many people sitting while holding small American flags.
Emily Whang / NPR Next Generation Radio

This story is part of a series by NPR’s Next Generation Radio program, which explored the theme: What Does It Mean To Be An American?

Nandar Yukyi has embroidered a red ribbon on her white University of Nevada, Reno lab coat below her name. She calls it her “silent scream.”  Yukyi, a Burmese-American earning her Ph.D. in biological anthropology, wears the ribbon to protest the February 1, 2021, military coup in Myanmar. Red is the color of the National League for Democracy of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Red ribbons have been displayed by protestors at their homes, shops and on their clothes.

A collage of four photos. Each photo is a screenshot from Zoom and includes a young woman looking toward the camera.
Nick Stewart / KUNR Youth Media

A student-led group has been advocating for more inclusive classroom environments in Washoe County. KUNR Youth Media reporter Nick Stewart talked to student organizers to learn more.

A row of signs leaning against a concrete ledge. The signs read, “End the sweeps,” “Housing now,” “Housing first,” and “Need for housing won’t fix itself!”
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

The City of Reno has ramped up the clearing of homeless encampments over the last month. KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick checks in with reporter Lucia Starbuck to learn more.

A row of over a dozen tents lined up along a fence on dirt and rocks. The tents are beneath an overpass, and two yellow school busses are driving on the overpass.
Lucia Starbuck / Our Town Reno

The number of community members experiencing homelessness in Washoe County has grown significantly over the last year, according to an annual report.

A photo outdoors of three protesters holding signs. Two signs that are legible say, “Racism is a virus,” and “When I have a bad day, I go to bed early.” The composition is framed by two out-of-focus figures on each side of the image.
Isaac Hoops / KUNR Public Radio

The pandemic exacerbated violence and discrimination against people of Asian descent. The group Stop AAPI Hate reported there were more than 6,600 hate incidents across the U.S. from mid-March of 2020 through the end of March this year. That number is likely higher due to underreporting, and this alarming trend has taken a toll on high school students.

In this commentary, KUNR Youth Media reporter Nick Stewart shares his concerns as a white ally to the Asian community and the concrete steps he takes to be supportive.

A close up of a person’s hand, who’s wearing a black tuxedo, putting on a corsage with a white flower and purple ribbon on the wrist of a person wearing a purple dress.
Varin Tsai / Flickr Creative Commons

School-sanctioned proms were canceled across the Washoe County School District this year due to the pandemic and many students were disappointed. As the school year draws to a close, KUNR Youth Media reporter May Wells spoke to some of her fellow classmates about this issue.

Wesley Kaopio from a birdseye perspective. He is sitting on a couch while holding a handheld video game console and is looking at the screen.
Courtesy of Terri Meister

The past year has seemed monotonous for some with lots of time spent at home due to the pandemic, and that’s been the case for KUNR Youth Media reporter Wesley Kaopio. In this audio diary, he shares how a treasure found at a garage sale helped break up his daily routine.

The Nevada Assembly gavels out.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

Nevada lawmakers have successfully negotiated one of the largest mining tax increases in state history. The bill’s passage caps off a tumultuous session in which lawmakers added nearly hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding for schools. KUNR’s Paul Boger reports.

The Trials Of Constantly Moving As A Child

May 31, 2021
Chris Stewart, Mindy Stewart, Nick Stewart and Terri Kerlin pose together on a pier for a photo in front of a white lifebuoy that says Argosy Harbor Cruise Seattle 2018. There is a large boat behind them.
Courtesy of Nick Stewart

Reno resident Mindy Stewart had to move to many different states throughout her childhood. In this intimate conversation, she talks with her son, KUNR Youth Media reporter Nick Stewart, about the trials she faced growing up and what moving to Reno — where she’s lived for 25 years — meant to her.

Cómo es ser un estudiante internacional en pandemia

May 29, 2021
una puerta de vidrio que dice oficina de estudiantes internacionales
María Palma / Noticiero Móvil

Esta historia fue publicada originalmente el 29 de abril de 2021 en nuestro medio asociado Noticiero Móvil.

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Antes de la pandemia, Estados Unidos recibía más de un millón de estudiantes internacionales cada año. Sin embargo, la pandemia junto con un aumento en el número de retrasos en las visas de estudiante, y un entorno político difícil, han provocado un descenso histórico a nivel nacional.

María Palma de Noticiero Móvil, conversó con varios estudiantes internacionales de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno (UNR) para conocer lo que han vivido este último año.

A glass door with the words “office of international students and scholars” printed across the exterior.
María Palma / Noticiero Móvil

This story was originally published by our media partner Noticiero Móvil on April 29, 2021.

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Before the pandemic, the United States was welcoming more than a million international students each year. However, the pandemic, student visa delays and a difficult political environment have caused a historic decline nationally.

Noticiero Móvil’s María Palma spoke with several international students from the University of Nevada, Reno to learn more about what they’ve been through this past year.

Two people walk past a wall of framed photos in the Nevada Legislature.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

There are only four days left in Nevada's 81st legislative session, and lawmakers are scrambling to get bills out of the door and onto the governor's desk. That includes appropriating billions in state dollars to fund the government over the next two years. To talk about that, KUNR Morning Edition host Noah Glick spoke with political editor Paul Boger.