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Sierra Sun hires environment, development news reporter

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Amanda Rhoades joined the Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza newspapers this week.
Kevin MacMillan / Sierra Sun |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A new reporter joined the Sierra Sun and the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza this week.

Amanda Rhoades is a Northern California native who recently graduated from San Diego State University where she studied journalism and political science.

While she’s passionate about all aspects of community news, she has a special interest in matters that impact the environment.

Rhoades will focus her reporting on environment and development issues at Truckee-Tahoe, as well as impacts both have on local business and the tourism industry.

Prior to college, Rhoades lived and worked on-and-off for several years in Yosemite National Park. During her childhood in Sacramento, she spent many weekends with her family exploring the Sierra Nevada.

“I’ve always felt most at home in the Sierra and I’m excited to combine my passion for impactful and engaging journalism with my love of this region and the lifestyle that it fosters,” she said. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be.”

Rhoades has covered land use and public safety as an intern for Voice of San Diego, an investigative news site.

She’s also written for North Coast Current, a community news publication in San Diego’s North County region where she wrote both features and news stories.

“You never really appreciate something until it’s gone. The last few years that I’ve spent in Southern California really taught me how valuable places like Lake Tahoe really are,” she said. “Sure, I’ll miss San Diego’s craft beer culture, but I’m beyond thrilled that I get to live somewhere where I can drink water from the tap.”

You can reach Amanda by phone at 530-550-2653 or 916-662-8171. You can also email her at arhoades@sierrasun.com.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @akrhoades.