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Wally

Walanya Vongsvirates

During the 78th session of the Nevada Legislature, Walanya is focusing on the campus carry bill, AB 148, which would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry concealed weapons on educational facilities, including a university campus.

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Walanya is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, with a minor in psychology. She is the multimedia communications intern for the University of Nevada, Reno. She has a passion for reporting on issues that are impactful to the community. Her aspiration in life is to create a positive difference in the world by shedding light on underreported issues.

 

Annie

Annie Mishler

Covering AB2, which would allow concealed weapons in a locked vehicle unless the vehicle is occupied on educational facilities. I am focusing on the effects this bill will have on elementary schools and day care facilities.

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Annie is an aspiring broadcast journalist graduating from UNR in 2015. She is a Nevada Media Alliance reporter, freelance writer and Wild Aces dancer. She lived in Loomis, CA for 17 years before moving to Reno for college. She hopes to move to a big city and host her own television show.

 

 

Gabby

Gabriella Benavidez

Covering SB169, which makes changes to voter ID requirements; SB32, which would legalize medical marijuana for younger children; AB70, which details the regulation and taxation of marijuana sales

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Gabriella is from Las Vegas, Nevada and a third year student in the Reynolds School of Journalism. In addition to studying broadcast journalism and visual design, Gabriella studies Chinese and Japanese. After graduating, Gabriella plans on pursuing her master’s degree in political science.

 

AshtonAshton Blake 

Covering SB177, which proposes to add vaccines for human papilloma virus and meningococcal virus to the list of required immunizations a child must receive before entering school.

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Ashton is senior at the University of Nevada, Reno aspiring to become a high school English and journalism teacher. She loves to write and connect with people. Her goal is to work in the media field after graduation while acquiring her teaching credentials. Outside of work and school, Ashton enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and going to Lake Tahoe.

 

David Thompson

Covering SB77, which would place under-performing schools on a three-year timeline to improve. If a school fails to progress, the fate of the school will be up to the Department of Education, which has the power to close the school, turn it into a charter school, clean out staff, etc.

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David is a Senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in the spring with a degree in journalism. For this legislative session, he has chosen to tackle one of Nevada’s most consistent problems – education.

 

 

Rayna

Rayna Charnley

Covering AB78, which revises provisions relating to the fees charged to an applicant for an elk tag and makes various other changes relating to wildlife;

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Rayna is a senior at University of Nevada, Reno, originally from Grass Valley, California. This May she will receive a B.A. in journalism with a minor in communications. Academically, Rayna is most interested in photojournalism and visual design and hopes to find a career in a similar field upon graduation. Rayna currently lives in a small house close to campus with her golden retriever, Roxy.

 

CarolinaCarolina Lopez

Covering AB166, which would establish a State of Biliteracy Program to recognize high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English.

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Carolina is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been passionate about becoming a bilingual reporter since her junior year of high school. She has had the opportunity to work with dedicated professors at the Reynolds School and knows these experiences will help in her future. Her dream job is to work with Univision or Telemundo.

 

Connor

Conner Board

Covering AB2, which would allow concealed weapons in a locked vehicle unless the vehicle is occupied on educational facilities, and AB148, which would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry concealed weapons on educational facilities, including a university campus.

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Conner is a junior broadcast news journalism student at the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in music. She is currently working for Cumulus Media and interning at KTVN Channel 2 News. She is excited to be covering Assembly Bills 2 and 148 this semester in order to update the public on potential Nevada gun laws.

 

KortneyKortney Melchiorre

Covering AB2, which legalizes concealed weapons in a locked vehicle unless the vehicle is occupied on educational facilities. I am focusing on the effects this bill will have on elementary schools and day care facilities.

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Kortney will be graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno in spring 2016 . She is majoring in journalism with an emphasis in visual communications and minoring in art to advance in advertising and graphic design.

She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and was employed at the Bellagio for three years. After eighteen years of living in Las Vegas, Kortney decided it was time for a change of scenery. Kortney is thrilled to be apart of the Nevada Media Alliance and the opportunity to cover the 2015 Nevada Legislature.  She is extremely excited to pursue a future in journalism and graphic design after graduation.

 

AmandaAmanda Ketchledge

Covering AB112 , which deals with bullying prevention among school employees; AB157 revises provisions governing service animals. Miniature horses could be considered trained service animals that help people with disabilities; AB119, would allow a veterinarian or veterinary technician who is licensed in another state to provide professional services in this state during a critical incident under certain circumstances.

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Amanda is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish. She will graduate in May but has already started working as a video journalist for KTVN Channel 2 News in Reno. She has had a passion for journalism and covering important topics that matter to the community since high school. That’s why she is covering issues like bullying and animal rights, and hopes to highlight the impacts on Nevadans.

Alex

Alex Stewart

Covering AB2, which would allow concealed weapons in a locked vehicle unless the vehicle is occupied on educational facilities, and AB148, which would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry concealed weapons on educational facilities, including a university campus.

Alex is pursuing a journalism major and communication minor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He hopes to pursue a career in sports broadcasting. He is in his final year at UNR. Upon graduating, Alex will be heading to Arizona State University in the fall of 2015 to get a master’s degree in sports journalism. When he is not attending school, Alex likes to both play and coach football. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

Digital Team

 

Ryan Ryan Smith

Reynolds School of Journalism graduate student and Leonard Scholarship recipient, Ryan is a former high school teacher from Central California. He is now editor and co-founder of NextReno.org, a news website covering local business innovation and technology that’s shaping the future of Reno.

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Katherine Sawicki

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Given her past experience with graphic design and website development, Katherine’s duties within the Nevada Media Alliance include monitoring social media, managing website content and creating graphics.

Katherine has had several positions throughout her college career as a design editor for Insight Magazine, a transcriptionist, a graphic design intern and a commercial photography intern. She hopes to travel and gain worldly experience after graduation.

She will soon graduate from the University of Reno, Nevada with a dual degree in journalism and photography, as well as a minor in Spanish.

 

Kailee Kailee Gett

Kailee is finally a senior at UNR and will be graduating in May. As part of the NVMA’s digital team, she contributes graphics, oversees website functionality and publishing, and provides general tech support. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself but gets a kick out of writing in the third person. She is a Bay Area kid that is looking to never return. She enjoys the rain and ugly oversized sweaters. Her design work is varied but main interests include usability testing, user-centered design and the cognitive science of what makes design work. After graduating, her calendar consists exclusively of question marks.

 

 

 

Instructor

Vanessa Vanessa Vancour

Vancour is responsible for overseeing student-produced journalistic content on subjects such as northern Nevada business and economics, environment and culture. She manages relationships with the Nevada Media Alliance’s professional partners, including the Reno Gazette-Journal, KUNR and KNPB; is responsible for all editorial planning and management; and identifies new ways to help grow the Alliance either regionally or through strategic partnerships.

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