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.
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.
City Editor & Lead Reporter
Jeri Chadwell 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.
Publisher & Editor
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He’s been a Reno resident since 1990. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a multi-year dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, 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.
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.
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.