Podcasters of Reno Unite panel

The consumption of podcasts in the United States is increasing and 51% of the population stated that they have listened to a podcast in their life. Of those listeners, 40% were between the age of 12 and 24 years old. (Edison Research)

For many Reynolds School of Journalism students, their main source of news is podcasts.

“I often ask my students where they get their news and their top answer is always podcasting,” Reynolds School lecturer Nico Colombant said. “Podcasts appeal to younger listeners because many have this combination of being edgy and having both on-the-go and documentary qualities, which you can consume while multitasking.”

After first starting as an adjunct, Colombant created and taught a podcast-focused class, which initially was one of very few in the U.S. at the university level with that specific purpose. Students in the current podcasting class cover a wide range of subjects from drag queens in Reno to mental health for young adults.

Reno is home to a growing podcasting industry with popular podcasts like “Grammar Girl, “Worst Little Podcast” and “Ignite Reno” streaming from the area.

The local podcasters on the panel include:

  • “Grammar Girl,” Mignon Fogarty
  • Bree Zen, podcaster and KUNR morning host
  • “Coffee with an Indian” podcast
  • “Residual Culture” podcast host Joey Lovato
  • “This is Reno” podcast, Bob Conrad
  • Historical audio storytelling, Alicia Barber
  • “The City” podcast with USA Today, Anjeanette Damon
  • “Worst Little Podcast,” Rory Dowd
  • “Reno Dad's Podcast,” Jonathan Salkoff
  • “Ignite Reno storytelling,” Colin Loretz


They will share their insights about the future of the industry as well as advice for students looking to start their own podcasts and the event will include a tour of the school’s audio studio. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Reynolds School of Journalism, 110 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89557