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Bert Johnson is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express. He also previously worked as a producer on Insight with Beth Ruyak.
Bert likes tinkering with bikes, backpacking the Sierra and studying Spanish, which has helped him cover stories in Mexico City and Puerto Rico.
Last Summer, Nevada Lawmakers Promised More Criminal Justice Reform. Here Are Some Of The Bills They’re Considering
April 14, 2021
Following a special legislative session dealing with police reform, legislators promised they weren’t done. Here are some of the bills they’re considering in the 2021 regular session.
April 9, 2021
The state’s Democrat majority is looking to adopt universal mail balloting.
Native Issues Getting More Attention In Nevada Legislature, But Leaders Say Representation Still Lacking
April 2, 2021
Nevada lawmakers are considering several bills that would directly affect Native Americans, but advocates say the state is still behind the curve when it comes to responding to tribal residents’ needs.
February 23, 2021
State data shows early vaccine rollout has disproportionately gone to white Nevadans. But public health officials hope a new coalition will help ensure more equitable access moving forward.
February 12, 2021
A spike in COVID-19 cases prompted Nevada to pause its reopening plan in November. Now that trends are improving, it’s ready to start loosening restrictions again.
February 5, 2021
Open government advocates, lobbyists and everyday Nevadans say the virtual legislature is raising questions about transparency and access to elected representatives.
February 1, 2021
Economic downturn usually leads to lower housing costs, but median home prices in Reno hit record highs in December. Experts and affordable housing advocates say that’s putting even more pressure on residents struggling with lost income.
January 20, 2021
A small group of pro-Trump protesters gathered in front of the Nevada State Legislature in Carson City to voice their opposition to incoming Biden administration and plot next steps.
January 15, 2021
In the wake of the pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Nevada governor activates National Guard but local law enforcement plays down the risk of violence.
January 6, 2021
As a mob of pro-Trump extremists overwhelmed police and stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the lame-duck president’s supporters in Northern Nevada protested without violence.