Richard Bednarski

Reno, Nevada
richiebednarski (at) gmail (dot) com


2020-2021 - Master of Arts - Journalism - University of Nevada, Reno

This program focused on pushing the envelope of visual communication into innovative and creative avenues. I honed my science reporting and graphic design skill set while becoming a stronger visual communicator.

2006-2009 - Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology/Photography - University of Nevada, Reno


Currently - Production Assistant/Videographer - Reynolds School of Journalism & Video Editor/Transcriber - Core Humanities - University of Nevada, Reno

2018 - Present - Freelance Photographer/Journalist

2022 - Cinematographer - How We Love - Upcoming documentary film series

2021 - Multimedia Intern - Reno Gazette Journal 

2020 - 2021 - Lab Instructor - Media Design - Reynolds School of Journalism

2020 - 2021 - Content Creator/Zoom Host - Core Humanities - University of Nevada, Reno

2020 - 2021 - Field Reporter - Our Town Reno - University of Nevada, Reno

2019 - Owner/Baker - Hearth & Rye Cottage Bakery

2018 - 2020 - Stay at Home Dad

2014 - 2018 - Stewardship Coordinator - Friends of Nevada Wilderness

2013 - 2014 - Archaeologist - Cardno Entrix, Inc. 

2009 - 2013 - Cook - Various

2008 - 2009 - Field Photographer - University of Nevada, Reno

2006-2008 - Field Archaeologist - University of Nevada, Reno


Piconland: The Quest for the Perfect Picon Punch

This documentary film explores the culture and people behind Nevada's unofficial state drink, the Picon Punch. Popularized and patronized by the local Basque culture, this drink is a quick conversation starter. This film explores the Basque culture and stories behind the infamous drink. I served as the cinematographer, associate producer and co-editor. 

Climate Change and Wildfire - Master's Thesis Project

A project completed on a tight deadline focused on distilling the science of a drying and warming atmosphere and how it is shifting the way fires act upon the landscape. This project visualized the science though data visualizations, photography, and a six minute explainer video. I utilized ten interviews, dozens of science reports and articles, and field reporting to inform the story on how climate change may be altering the fire regime.

Massacre Rim Dark Sky

Working with the International Dark Sky Association and Bureau of Land Management, I conducted research along with fieldwork to quantify the darkness of the proposed area. I then compiled findings into the final proposal and worked with Friends of Nevada Wilderness to submit and win a designation for the Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area, in 2019.


Reno Gazette Journal

USA Today

This Is Reno

The Progressive

Our Town Reno

Sierra Nevada Ally

Reynolds Sandbox


Society of Environmental Journalists 
National Press Photographer Association
Wilderness First Responder
Eagle Scout

References available upon request.

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