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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.
May 15, 2020
Residents from Salt Lake City to the Central Valley in California say they felt a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that hit western Nevada early Friday morning.
May 8, 2020
Nevada began its phased reopening this weekend, with input from local officials around the state. A rural county commissioner says the relaxing standards came in the nick of time.
May 1, 2020
Gov. Steve Sisolak says the state will roll back COVID-19 restrictions in phases after May 15. But before it does, it needs to see infection rates continue to decline and increase contact tracing capacity.
Health Care Access In Nevada Is Among The Nation’s Worst — With Black And Latinx Residents Most Vulnerable
April 17, 2020
State officials warn COVID-19 could overwhelm hospitals. But before the virus arrived, residents were already struggling to get health care.
Short-Term Rentals And Coronavirus: Tahoe Area Residents Wary, Even As Governments Are Limiting Bookings
April 13, 2020
A Tahoe resident wonders if Airbnb and other short-term rental services could be sources of transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 2, 2020
Nevada’s COVID-19-related business closures forced businesses around the state to temporarily close and led to a historic spike in unemployment. But for Jenes Carter, it’s also a chance to get closer to her daughter.
March 28, 2020
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak faced pushback from conservatives after passing an emergency regulation to prevent shortages of two medications touted as possible treatments for COVID-19.
March 13, 2020
Although the state has far fewer confirmed cases than neighboring California, officials canceled public events to help prevent a full-scale outbreak.
February 22, 2020
Nevada Democrats will caucus for their preferred presidential candidate on Saturday. The third-in-the-nation nominating contest is the first time a diverse electorate will weigh in this election season.
February 4, 2020
After widespread glitches delayed Iowa’s caucus results, the Nevada state Democratic Party announced it would drop its own app they planned to use. The last minute change could mean retraining hundreds of caucus volunteers.