ThisisReno has been a Reno media source for nearly a decade. In that time we have been fortunate to have on board experienced, seasoned reporters as well as student journalists. We are grateful to our crew of volunteers, contributors and freelance independent contractors for providing us with regular stories about the greater Reno area. Meet the current team below.
Bob Conrad is proprietor and co-founder of ThisisReno. He’s been a Reno resident since 1990. He manages ThisisReno and Conrad Communications, his marketing consultancy, and is an occasional contributor to Reno Public Radio and Nevada Public Radio. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism (1995) and a doctorate in educational leadership (2011). He has served in marketing and 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 undergraduate and graduate-level marketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and Morrison University. He currently holds a part time research appointment for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Don Dike-Anukam is a Reno native attending college in northern Nevada. He has been involved in activist politics for 15 years on and off, and has been involved in multiple campaigns in multiple positions in that time. He also 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/events. (What did you expect from a political geek?)
Torri is back in Reno in pursuit of what sets her soul on fire: documenting social issues and following stories wherever she goes. After her last freelance story with ThisIsReno in 2014, Torri has spent the past four years as a bilingual advocate for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other traumatic crimes in diverse cities from San Diego to the rural deep South of Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she earned her master’s degree in social work. There, she developed a successful non-profit food pantry on campus, established, and created a disaster relief initiative for the School of Social Work and even volunteered to support refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan over a winter holiday break.
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.
Nick McCabe, Concerts, 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 musical 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.
Erin Meyering is the Communications Specialist at Carson Tahoe Health. She previously worked as the Associate Editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine. After graduating from the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2014, she avidly pursued making writing and designing her career. On top area freelancing, she enjoys spending time doing yoga and hiking with her 75-lb lab/boxer mix, Biscotti.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Commission on Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada.
Dave Mulligan is a local Reno resident of over 25 years. He is a published author (Mulligan’s Wake), television producer and a left-leaning political activist. He lives happily on the Truckee River and is the married father of three (his most important role, according to Dave).
Kristen Power, Social Media and Content Editor
Kristen Power is a native Nevadan, backpacker, hiker, and hammock-loving reader that finds time each week to work as a communications and project management professional at a statewide nonprofit. In addition to the outdoors, laughter, and her dog, she loves the Oxford comma and a good cup of coffee. She studied at UNR’s Reynolds School of Journalism before ultimately earning a bachelor’s degree in photography in 2000.
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.
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 ThisisReno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.
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.
John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, “that’s what I want to do.” After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.
- Rebecca Allured
- Ron Andersen, columnist
- Laurel Busch
- John Butler
- Bethany Drysdale, travel and tourism
- Emmett Esnard, general assignment
- Jessy Fagundes
- Kendra Fleming, intern
- Cameron Hawkins, podcast intern
- Miriam Hodgman, writer, photographer
- Ryan Jerz, co-founder and columnist
- Paul Kiser
- Hope Loudon, intern
- Bridget Meade, graduate Intern
- Jeff Moser, outdoors writer
- Dana Nollsch, arts reporter
- Jose Oliveras
- Skylar Owens, photographer
- Kylie Rowe, contributor
- Tarrian Rodgers, sports Intern
- Jamie Roice-Gomes
- Brianna Sullivan, lifestyle writer
- Brianna Soloski, writer
- Chris Vega, intern
- Marion Vermazen
- Samantha Wang, intern
- Austin Wright, intern