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, Publisher / Editor / Co-founder
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of ThisisReno. He’s been a Reno resident since 1990. He manages ThisisReno and Conrad Communications, his marketing consultancy. 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 marketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and graduate-level marketing at Morrison University. He holds a part-time research appointment for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
Don Dike-Anukam, Political Writer, Student Intern
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?)
Darcy Lenardson, Assistant Editor, Newsletter Writer
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.
Kylie Masnicz, Student 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.
Erin Meyering, Newsletter Editor
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, Tourism
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, Advertising and Branded Video Content
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).
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.
Ty O’Neil, Photojournalist & General Assignment Reporter
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.
Carly Sauvageau, ThisisReno 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.
John Seelmeyer, Reno Business Weekly Writer
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.
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.
- 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
- Jeff Moser, outdoors writer
- Dana Nollsch, arts reporter
- Jose Oliveras
- Skylar Owens, photographer
- Kristen Power
- Kylie Rowe, contributor
- Tarrian Rodgers, sports Intern
- Jamie Roice-Gomes
- Brianna Sullivan, lifestyle writer
- Brianna Soloski, writer
- John Tuckness
- Chris Vega, intern
- Marion Vermazen
- Samantha Wang, intern
- Austin Wright, intern