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The Team

By ThisIsReno

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 contribute to providing relevant news and information for the greater Truckee Meadows. We are grateful to our crew of volunteers, contributors, and independent contractors for providing us with regular stories about the greater Reno area. Meet the current team below.


Don Dike Anukam

Don Dike Anukam

Student Political Writer

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?)


<strong>Trevor Bexon</strong>

Trevor Bexon

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.


Bob Conrad / ThisisReno

Bob Conrad

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 undergraduate marketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and graduate-level marketing at Morrison University. He holds a part-time research appointment for Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.


Tony Contini

Tony Contini

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

Kristen Hackbarth

Editor

Kristen Hackbarth is a freelance editor and communications professional with nearly 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. In her free time, she is a volunteer backpacking guide along the Tahoe Rim Trail, an avid home cook and baker, cyclist, and wife and stepmom.


Darcy Lenardson

Darcy Lenardson

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.


Eric Marks

Eric Marks

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 enthusiast and 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/writing 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.


<strong>Kylie Masnicz</strong>

Kylie Masznicz

Student Arts Reporter

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 ThisIsReno, 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 Years.


Nick McCabe

Nick McCabe

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 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.


Ty O'Neil, photographer with ThisisReno.

Ty O’Neil

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 O'Day

Carla Roccapriore O’Day

Government Reporter

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.


<strong>Carly Sauvageau</strong>

Carly Sauvageau

This Is Reno Podcast

Carly was raised in Tonopah, Nevada and moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is studying journalism, specializing in audio storytelling and reporting with a minor in cultural anthropology and political science. She is the editorial manager at the Center for Basque Studies Press, where she coordinates the sales, promotion, and communication of the books the press produces. Carly says she loves nothing more than hearing people’s stories and perspectives.


<strong>John Seelmeyer</strong>

John Seelmeyer

Business Reporter

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.


<strong>Kyle Young</strong>

Kyle Young

Food Writer

Kyle Young is a local freelance writer. He offers content writing, blog posts, copywriting, and editing services. His current writing foci are food, cooking, and the oddities native to Reno, Sparks, and Tahoe. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor’s degree in English writing. He gained some food chops while working as a dishwasher, line-cook, and food-truck operator. He learned quality control, imports/exports, and logistics at a local spice and seasoning manufacturer. When not hustling as a writer, he plays Scrabble, cooks, wrangles three pups, and attends live music/comedy with his wife.


Past Contributors

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

Victoria Janicke

Paul Kiser

Hope Loudon, intern

Bridget Meade, graduate Intern

Chris Moran, travel, tourism writer

Jeff Moser, outdoors writer

Tabitha Mueller, reporter

Dana Nollsch, arts reporter

Jose Oliveras

Skylar Owens, photographer

Kylie Rowe, contributor

Tarrian Rodgers, sports Intern

Jamie Roice-Gomes

Samuel Sheridan, podcast intern

Brianna Sullivan, lifestyle writer

Brianna Soloski, writer

John Tuckness

Chris Vega, intern

Marion Vermazen

Samantha Wang, intern

Austin Wright, intern