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Bree camping in Bishop, California. Photo by Jenna DeLaurentis.

about bree


Bree Zender is KUNR's award-winning Morning Edition host, news anchor, and reporter. She’s also had her work featured on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Here & Now, and KQED's The California Report.

Bree grew up in between a rural and urban divide. She often hopped between the urban centers of Western Washington like Seattle and Bellingham, and her rural logging hometown of Deming. She learned to love the complexities of these worlds—the beautiful and the ugly. Her appreciation of these rich life textures inspired Bree to become a journalist.

She started her radio career as an intern at Montana Public Radio in Missoula, Montana, after graduating from the University of Montana with degrees in theatre and journalism. From there, she moved to San Luis Obispo, California to serve as KCBX-Central Coast Public Radio’s midday host and reporter from 2016 to 2017.

She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, focusing on media innovation.

When she’s not on the radio, she is usually hiking or rock climbing. She lives in Reno with her cat, Pete.