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 - Freelance Photographer // Multimedia Journalist // Video Editor & IT and Technology Manager for the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.

2022 - Director of Photography // Producer - On the Record: A Century of Journalism Education at Nevada // "Best in Competition" Broadcast Educational Association Festival of Media Arts // Reynolds School of Journalism - University of Nevada, Reno

2022 - Video Editor // Transcriber - Core Humanities - University of Nevada, Reno

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

2021 - Director of Photography // Co-Editor // Associate Producer - Piconland - A forthcoming feature length documentary film // Dam Short Film Festival 2023 Selection

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 - Reporter/Podcast Producer - 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 - Janitor // Simple Clean

2006 - 2009 - Field Photographer - University of Nevada, Reno


On The Record: A Century of Journalism Education at Nevada

As the director of photography I filmed several interviews and b-roll for this documentary film that highlights the history of journalism education at the University of Nevada, Reno. As ad archival researchist, I helped research and catalog information, photographs, records, and more for this project. This film was selected as the Best in Competition in the Faculty category at the Broadcast Educational Association Festival of Media Arts

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 weaves through the Basque culture in Nevada and stories behind the infamous drink. I served as the director of photography, associate producer and co-editor. This been has been selected for premiere screening at the 2023 Dam Short Film Festival and won Best in Nevada Film at the festival.

Climate Change and Wildfire 

A project 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 through data visualizations, photography, and a six-minute explainer video. I utilized ten interviews, dozens of scientific reports and articles, and field reporting to inform the story of 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.


Sierra Nevada Ally

Reno Gazette-Journal

USA Today

This Is Reno

Ambrook Research

The San Francisco Chronicle (Photography)

The Progressive

The New Lede 

The Xylom

Our Town Reno


Nevada Press Association Journalist of Merit - 2023

Knight Center for Journalism - How to cover the Climate Crisis Certificate 

Society of Environmental Journalists - Member

National Press Photographer Association - Member

Part 107 F.A.A. Licensed Drone Pilot

Wilderness First Responder

Eagle Scout

References available upon request.

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