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PBS Reno Announces
2024 Spotlight Awards & Auction Finalists


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RENO, NV (JULY 1, 2024) — PBS Reno is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2024 Spotlight Awards & Auction:

Extraordinary Student

  • Sophie Marks | Incoming senior at Reno High School
  • Cooper Sandoval | Incoming sophomore at McQueen High School
  • Ethan Wu | Incoming freshman at Oxford College | Emory University

Extraordinary Individual

  • Sylvia Gonzalez| Director of Client Services, Domestic Violence Resource Center
  • Ann Silver| CEO, Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce
  • Emma White | Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Nevada Department of Education

Extraordinary Educator

  • Bobby del Carlo| Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Nevada, Reno and Instructor, Biotechnology and McNair Programs
  • Jim Verdi | Principal, Spanish Springs Elementary School
  • Tim Wood| Band Director, Swope Middle School

Extraordinary Community Group

Extraordinary Business

“We received some inspiring nominations this year,” said Holly Hutchinson, PBS Reno Event Coordinator. “It was difficult to narrow down the list of submissions. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight this year’s Finalists and showcase the incredible work they do for our community.”

The Spotlight Awards & Auction is PBS Reno’s annual fundraiser celebrating local businesses, community groups, educators, individuals, and students who are making a positive impact in northern Nevada and northeastern California. Voting takes place online through July 31, 2024, and voters can vote weekly for their favorites. 

“PBS Reno is honored to shine a light on these incredible and deserving finalists,” said Rebecca Cronon, PBS Reno Content Creator. “These individuals, community groups, and local businesses have made a profound impact on our community. It’s so important to celebrate their efforts to ensure their work does not go unnoticed.”

Winners will be announced during the PBS Reno Spotlight Awards & Auction on Friday, September 20th at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino Grande Exposition Hall in downtown Reno. There is still time to get your seats. Tables and individual admissions are available for purchase online.

PBS Reno will also celebrate Rick Reviglio, 2024 Extraordinary Philanthropist, by highlighting his work throughout the region. Reviglio currently serves as General Manager and President of Western Nevada Supply.


About PBS Reno

As of February 2024, PBS Reno is enjoyed by more than 288,000 monthly viewers in northern and central Nevada and northeastern California across several platforms including three broadcast channels (PBS Reno 5.1, Reno Create 5.2, and PBS KIDS on PBS Reno 5.3), a YouTube channel, YouTube TV, online, livestreams, and digital platforms. PBS Reno provides PBS national programming and award-earning, locally-produced content, with many local segments posted weekly to PBS Reno’s YouTube Channel. provides engaging interactive content, including the video portal at that streams all locally-produced content and most PBS national content. PBS Reno serves students, teachers, parents and caregivers through immersive educational services including Curiosity Classroom Workshops that bring classroom lessons to life with standards-based lessons and activities. Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as thousands of individual members, PBS Reno has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since September 29, 1983.

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