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.
Mary Claire Bouchér
Mary Claire Bouchér is an independent marketing and advertising consultant, and Account Executive for This Is Reno. She recently relocated back to Northern Nevada from Washington, DC where she was a senior creative and brand portfolio manager. Mary Claire was born and raised in Carson City. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the School of Hotel / Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. She has enjoyed a diverse professional career in dynamic environments including hospitality, entrepreneurship, nonprofit and marketing. She is a hobbyist photographer, hiking enthusiast, nature lover and proud mom to two grown daughters.
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 appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.
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.
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.