Kingkini Sengupta

Kingkini Sengupta

Kingkini Sengupta writes for the Current as a Summer 2022 States Newsroom Fellow. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree with the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. A former broadcast producer, she has a newfound love of reporting and writing. She has a Diploma in Social Communications Media from SCMSophia, University of Mumbai, India and has also done her Bachelor's in English Honours from University of Calcutta, India. She has also worked for six and half years with two Indian news channels: New Delhi Television (NDTV) and Republic TV. Kingkini loves traveling, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and playing with dogs. She uses food to bond with people she does not know. Someday besides being a successful multimedia journalist, she would love to open her own Indian restaurant and chai cafe in the United States.

Democrats eye a majority on the Washoe County Commission

By: - August 9, 2022

In the Washoe County Commission District 5 race, a victory for Democrat challenger Edwin Lyngar over incumbent Republican Jeanne Herman could create a 3 to 2 Democratic majority on the commission.  Democrats – and at least one Republican – say flipping the seat would help relieve political tensions in the county.  ‘It is time to […]

Expansion of child care subsidies gives families more options

By: - July 28, 2022

Amidst a shortage of licensed care providers for “young Nevadans,” the Nevada Child Care Fund has received $50 million for child care subsidies that will help families expand the pool of caregivers for their children. The fund originally extended only to licensed care providers will now be available to any individual who wants and plans […]

Advocates float rent stabilization for seniors, compensation for no-cause evictions

By: - July 22, 2022

Gathering from her experience of living in New York, a senior advocate proposes rent stabilization as a possible method for controlling sudden rent increase in Nevada, specifically for older members of the community.  That was among several policy concepts being proposed and discussed in a policy forums held in Reno and Las Vegas this summer […]

Washoe upgrading shelter, but bed count will remain the same

By: - July 12, 2022

The Nevada Cares Campus that shelters unhoused people in Reno is extending into a second-phase, a year after it was operational with phase one in the Spring of 2021.  Though the county has 15 acres of additional land with buildings around the campus that will need to be demolished for construction of successive phases, the […]

Reno and its discontents

By: - July 11, 2022

When Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve sought reelection in 2018 she bested her challengers securing 63% of the vote in the nonpartisan primary before eventually easily winning a second term. As she seeks a third and final term this fall, Schieve drew nearly a dozen candidates in the primary. Former Reno elected officials and political observers […]

$10K reporting threshold for athletes’ NIL deals would mean ‘very little reporting’

By: - July 5, 2022

How much money should a student athlete be able to make off their “name, image, or likeness” before having to report it? That was one of the questions that a legislative interim committee created to study NIL deals has decided to pass on to lawmakers when they next meet in regular session early next year. […]

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Only 4% of LV apartments on market going for $1,000 a month or less, market tracker says

By: - June 24, 2022

The average cost of a studio apartment costs around 900 bucks a month and the average cost of a 3-bedroom apartment is around $2,000, current rental market trends show, painting a grim picture for tenants in Las Vegas.  At a time when recent reports from UNLV researchers show that in Southern Nevada “7 of the […]

Nevada food bank kicks off summer meals program for kids

By: - June 21, 2022

Despite supply chain issues and having emptier shelves, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada has launched its Kids Cafe summer program which aims to make sure no child goes hungry. The meals service, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Nevada Department of Agriculture, has a daily goal of giving away free […]

Nevada officials applaud Biden’s decision to pause solar panel tariffs, resume imports

By: - June 10, 2022

Less than four months after announcing the intention to extend tariffs on most solar panels imported from four Southeast Asian nations, President Joe Biden this week announced tariffs on the products would be paused for two years. The announcement was applauded by Nevada Democratic Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto. Citing harm to Nevada […]

Nevada coaches, student athletes concerned over NIL deals

By: - June 7, 2022

Universities and colleges across the country are navigating the emerging industry of student athletes “name, image and likeness” deals, and Nevada is no exception. The 2021 Nevada Legislature passed a law prohibiting colleges and sports organizations from preventing student athletes from being compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness (NIL). The bill […]

Reno mayor touts potential of blockchain, NFTs as city embarks on new pilot programs

By: - June 6, 2022

Reno is all set to experiment with blockchain and NFTs. The City of Reno on Thursday announced it will launch Biggest Little Blockchain, a blockchain-based platform that will create and store records related to Reno’s Register of Historic Places. It will be the first city-run and resident-based blockchain platform in the United States, according to […]