This Is Reno has been a Reno news media source for more than a decade. In that time we have been fortunate to have experienced, seasoned reporters and student journalists providing relevant, fact-based news and information for the greater Reno area. Meet the current team below.
City Editor & Lead Reporter
Jeri Davis came to Reno from rural Nevada in 2004 to study anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2012, she returned to the university for a master’s degree in journalism. She is the former associate and news editor of the Reno News & Review and is a recipient of first-place Nevada Press Association awards for investigative and business reporting. Jeri is passionate about Nevada’s history, politics and communities.
Don Dike-Anukam is a Reno native recently graduated from Western Nevada College. He has been involved in politics for 15 years, including multiple campaigns in various positions. He was a college radio political, news, and talk-show host covering a range of stories from hostage standoffs, fires, interviews and public speeches. In his free time Don enjoys running, reading and watching political news. (What did you expect from a political geek?)
Photographer & Writer
Trevor Bexon has lived in Reno, Nevada since 2004. He believes Northern Nevada has a unique story that he hopes to share with others while leaving a visual history for future study.
Publisher & Editor
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He’s been a Reno resident since 1990 and has served in communications positions for the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (2000-2006), Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (2006-2012), the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (2012-2013), and the Nevada Department of Agriculture (2013-2015). He has taught marketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and graduate marketing at Morrison University. He holds a part-time research appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.
Writer & Photographer
Tony Contini is a photographer, videographer and writer focused on all things music. He’s had his finger on the pulse of Reno’s music scene for over a decade. He graduated from UNR with a degree in journalism and has since worked for newspapers, magazines, photo studios and as a freelance photographer and videographer. Aside from concert coverage, album reviews and music video production, his schedule is filled with weddings, portraiture and event coverage.
Kristen Hackbarth is a freelance editor and communications professional with 20 years’ experience working in marketing, public relations and communications in northern Nevada. Kristen graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in photography and minor in journalism and has a Master of Science in Management and Leadership. In her free time, she is a volunteer backpacking guide along the Tahoe Rim Trail, an avid home cook and baker, cyclist, wife and stepmom.
Newsletter Writer & Editor
Darcy Lenardson has loved living in Reno since 1995. She worked as editor and special projects manager with the Nevada Mining Association for 13 years and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona. She is an actor who has performed with many local theaters including Reno Little Theater, Good Luck Macbeth and Brüka Theater of the Sierras. Darcy loves reading, hiking with her husband, Jeff, and their three dogs and being an empty nest mom to her three college students.
Reporter and Photojournalist
Born in 1971, Eric marks was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and family where photography and literature were normal parts of his life. His parents were always supportive of his photography as a child and encouraged him to read and write as much as possible. From 2005 to 2012 he owned an award-winning, international, high-definition video production company, and has produced video and photography in over 14 different countries on four continents. Eric majored at the University of Nevada, Reno in English and Art, graduating with English and Photography degrees in 2013, and again with an Art degree in 2018. He teaches all genres of photography at Truckee Meadows Community College, is a freelance photojournalist for several publications and he offers private photography instruction.
Kylie Masznicz is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying English with a concentration in writing and minoring in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for This Is Reno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to one day author a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
Writer & Photographer
Nick McCabe is a Reno-based photojournalist and musician. He’s been shooting concerts in the Reno-Tahoe area since 2006 and writing articles and reviews since 2012, as well as doing interviews on occasion. His music education and playing experience goes back to 1967. He is a founding member of the Reno Tahoe Forte’ Awards, and he still plays music locally for enjoyment. First concert: Jimi Hendrix. Last concert: we’ll see.
Sudhiti (Shu) Naskar is a multimedia journalist and researcher who has years of experience covering international issues. In the role of a journalist, she has covered gender, culture, society, environment and the economy. Her works have appeared on BBC, The National, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Reno Gazette Journal, Caravan and more. Her interests lie in the intersection of art, politics, social justice, education, tech and culture. She took a sabbatical from media to attend graduate school at the University of Nevada Reno in 2017. In this period, she has won awards, represented her school at an international conference and successfully defended her thesis on political disinformation at the Reynolds School of Journalism where she earned her Master’s in Media Innovation.
Photographer & Writer
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear-gas filled streets of war-torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.
Carla Roccapriore O’Day
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla. She left Northern Nevada in 2011 for Phoenix and then moved with her husband and son to the southeast Asian nation of Singapore. They returned to the area in summer 2014. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, going for walks, reading and spending time with her family.
Lucia Starbuck is a graduate of University of Nevada, Reynolds School of Journalism. She has reported on issues impacting Northern Nevada, including the affordable housing crisis, a lack of oral healthcare and challenges voters with disabilities face while trying to participate in the election process. She has directed and filmed two documentaries about homelessness. Through reporting, Lucia strives to shine a light on the challenges vulnerable populations face in our community.
Nora Heston Tarte is a long-time Reno resident. In addition to food, her hobbies include wine, hiking, yoga and travel, she is also the managing editor of a regional, lifestyle publication and freelances for other publications most frequently in the travel space. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in English and is pursuing her master’s in Professional Journalism. You can follow her travel adventures, and local exploits, on her Instagram account @wanderlust_n_wine.
John Seelmeyer is a business writer and editor in Reno. In his 40-year career, he has edited publications in Nevada, Colorado and California and written several thousand published articles about business and finance.
Natalie Van Hoozer
Natalie is a freelance journalist and translator based in Reno who reports in English and Spanish. She also works for the nonprofit SembraMedia, supporting independent, digital Spanish-language media in the United States. Previously she was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina and worked on Latin American projects at the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C. She has taught university podcasting classes online and holds two bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno. For her undergraduate thesis, she researched the landscape of bilingual Spanish-English reporting in the state of California.
Periodista Bilingüe Freelance
Natalie es periodista y traductora freelance en Reno, Nevada y trabaja en español e inglés. También es embajadora para SembraMedia en Estados Unidos, donde investiga medios independientes y digitales en español en el país. Antes era becaria de Fulbright en la Argentina y trabajé como asistente de programas para el Centro Internacional para Periodistas, enfocada en los proyectos de América Latina. También ha sido profesora universitaria en línea sobre podcasting. Tiene una licenciatura de la Universidad de Nevada, Reno, en periodismo y español. Para la tesis de su licenciatura investigó el ámbito del periodismo bilingüe en inglés y español en el estado de California.
Bianca Wright is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is studying to get a double major in Journalism and Spanish. Aside from being a lifelong writer, she has a passion for photography, traveling and learning about other cultures. She’s written several news articles for Noticerio Móvil, a bilingual newspaper at UNR. There, she reported on stories related to topics like DACA and COVID-19 in Spanish and English. With her writing, she aims to find creative and respectful ways to help tell the stories of underrepresented communities in Northern Nevada.