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.
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.
December 18, 2020
As new eviction moratorium takes effect, Nevadans who lost work to the pandemic struggle to stay housed.
Social Media App Parler’s ‘Free Speech’ Focus Draws Conservatives — And Violent Extremists, Experts Say
December 6, 2020
The social media app caught on with supporters of President Donald Trump, because it promised not to censor posts based on content. But researchers say freedom of speech is beside the point.
November 19, 2020
Immigrants are breathing a sigh of relief at Trump’s defeat, but expect the fight for immigration reform to continue.
QAnon Supporters, Paramilitary Groups Promise ‘Fight' Over Election At Pro-Trump Rally Near Nevada’s Capitol
November 15, 2020
Organizers and crowd members promoting a variety of far right conspiracy theories met in Carson City to reject the results of the presidential election, which Vice President Joe Biden won with a wide margin in the electoral college and popular vote.