Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Ally Staff

Joe McCarthy

Publisher & Principal Editor

Joe manages the newsroom and the nonprofit's fiduciary responsibilites: fundraising- business operations and public-interest partnership development. He served in the US Army from 1968-1971. He has held supervisory positions in the Nevada state government, an education program director at the Nevada state prison, the executive director of the Brewery Arts Center, and Carson City’s economic development and redevelopment director. In 2017, he founded and launched the 501c3 nonprofit, The End of the Trail Broadcast Project, the parent of KNVC, 95.1 fm, Carson City’s FCC-licensed Community Radio Station.

Claire Carlson

Environmental Reporter

Claire Carlson lives in Portland, Oregon, but often finds herself venturing back to the high desertscapes of Nevada, her home state. Claire has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in International Affairs and a master’s from the University of Montana in Environmental Studies, where she focused on environmental writing. When she’s not chasing leads or trying to string sentences together, you’ll find her fighting the urge to fall asleep while reading in a hammock somewhere in the woods.

Scott King

Science and Environmental Reporter

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Scott King recently completed a Master’s degree in Media Innovation at the University of Nevada, Reno. Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing with a minor in Marketing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Scott served for two years as a literacy instructor with the Peace Corps in the community of Gouyave, Grenada. He is also a regular contributor to Our Town Reno and The Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science, while also maintaining his own narrative, nonfiction storytelling blog.

Kelsey Penrose

Culture, Local News, and Agriculture Reporter

Kelsey grew up in Carson City, Nevada and now reports on the goings on within the Northern Nevada region. She found her way into journalism by harassing her first editor for six straight months until he finally broke down and gave her a job. Now you can find her work in the Sierra Nevada Ally, Carson Now, Reno News and Review, This is Reno, the Sacramento Bee and more. Kelsey is an alumna of Arizona State University, holding a Bachelors in English Literature and a Bachelors in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing with Sierra Nevada University.

Kelsey is passionate about issues facing rural Nevada, the future of agriculture in the sierras, social justice, folklore and bluegrass music. She lives and gardens in Washoe Valley. You can learn more about her reporting, podcasting and more by visiting www.kelseypenrose.com.

Matt Bieker

Culture Reporter

Matt Bieker is an award-winning photojournalist and native of Reno, Nevada. He received his degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada Reno in 2014, and currently covers arts & entertainment and community development in his hometown.

Shelley Buchanan

Education Beat Reporter and Assistant Editor

Shelley is a forty-year northern Nevada resident with a history in education and philanthropy. After her graduation with a MA in Teaching English, she created and taught English language programs. Later, she obtained a graduate degree in library science and managed school media centers. In her spare time, she has worked on fundraising, technology, and communications for many nonprofits and political organizations. In addition to her philanthropic work, she has written for several educational publications. Her loves are her family, books, dogs, baking, and gardening. Zucchini cupcakes, anyone?

Tim Houserman

Culture Reporter

Tim has been writing for a variety of regional and national publications for the past twenty years. He wrote the official guidebook to the Tahoe Rim Trail as well as Monsters in the Woods: Backpacking with Children and a kid’s book: Gertrude’s Tahoe Adventure in Time. In 2022 the University of Nevada Press is publishing his book “Going it Alone: Ramblings and Reflections from the trail.” A memoir about his solo backpacking misadventures. In the snow-free seasons, he likes to explore the desert, road and mountain bike, hike, and paddle. In the winter he is cross-country skiing and running the Strider Glider program at Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area.

Matt Johanson

Culture & Outdoor Reporter

Matt Johanson authored the new guidebook, California Summits: A Guide To The Best Accessible Peak Experiences in the Golden State.

Brian Bahouth

Founder & Editor Emeritus

Brian has been a public media producer for the better part of 25 years. He has been news director at three public radio stations, KRZA serving Alamosa, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico, KUNR in Reno, KVMR in Nevada City, California, and Brian was a co-founder of KNVC community radio in Carson City, 95.1 FM. He has reported for Capital Public Radio, Nevada Public Radio, and has filed numerous reports for the Pacifica Network News and National Public Radio. He holds a BA in English from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, and an MA in English from the University of Nevada Reno. Brian is a veteran of the sea-going US Navy, ‘79-’85. He and his wife have lived in Reno since 1999.

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