April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.

Sisolak and Ford

Gov. Sisolak’s first official act: Task force on sexual harassment

By: - January 7, 2019

Following his inauguration midday Monday, Gov. Steve Sisolak issued his first executive order: the creation of a task force focused on sexual harassment and discrimination. According to a press release, duties of the Governor’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Law and Policy will “include a review of federal and State sexual harassment laws, […]

Chancellor Thom Reilly

NSHE chancellor brushes off north-south split as “a tired discussion”

By: - December 31, 2018

Thom Reilly knows there are many lenses a person can use to view the higher-education system here in Nevada. One brings into focus a north-south divide, in which the older research university nearest the state capitol is favored over the younger, scrappier institution located down south. The Nevada System of Higher Education chancellor flatly rejects […]

Tick Segarbloom

Red Rock guy, weed dude prepare for Clark County Commission

By: - December 27, 2018

Clark County commissioners-elect Justin Jones and Tick Segerblom are best known for their pet issues — opposing a proposed housing development near Red Rock Canyon and the statewide legalization of marijuana, respectively. But when they are sworn in Jan. 7, they will have their hands on a myriad of challenges facing the county’s more than […]

high school graduates

State charter school graduation rate lags behind CCSD, WCSD

By: - December 14, 2018

The Nevada Department of Education released graduation rates for the Class of 2018, and state-sponsored charter schools as a whole fared worse than traditional public school districts as a whole. Nevada’s overall statewide graduation rate was 83.17 percent. Clark County School District, which is by far the state’s largest district (320,000 students), had a graduation rate […]

Assemblywoman to charter school authority: We are watching you

By: - December 14, 2018

The State Public Charter School Authority continues to face serious criticism from legislators for failing to conduct evaluative site visits at the dozens of charter schools it oversees, even amid their promises to begin such visits early next year. “I’m concerned there’s not real clarity on what you are supposed to be doing as a […]

UNLV Medicine

Professors, donors make case for reining in NSHE

By: - December 12, 2018

The Nevada System of Higher Education only cares about itself — and the University of Nevada, Reno. That was one of the harsh criticisms doled out by scholars and philanthropists last week during a Lincy Institute symposium on reforming higher education in Nevada. Speakers admonished NSHE for excessive administrative bloat and argued the bureaucratic office […]

PSAT exam

Charter school authority talks diversity: ‘We have to get better’

By: - December 3, 2018

Students at state-sponsored charter schools performed better on standardized testing than students within traditional school districts in all demographic categories except one: low-income students. That data point emerged Friday amid a discussion on diversity by the appointed board that authorizes the majority of the state’s charter schools. It underscores growing criticism of charter schools from […]

Working at Opportunity Village

36 cents an hour? The debate on subminimum wage is here

By: - November 26, 2018

In front of the woman sits a piece of cardboard with a dozen individual rectangles drawn on in permanent marker. Working slowly but steadily, the woman places a small packet onto each rectangle. When each rectangle is filled, she gathers the dozen individual packets into one larger box that will be sold by a retail […]

UNR campus

Regents will ask Legislature to reform higher ed salary structure

By: - November 19, 2018

K-12 teachers aren’t the only ones not satisfied with salaries. Many within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) are frustrated by its lack of an in-rank salary advancement structure and they want legislators to tackle the issue during the upcoming 2019 session. They argue salary compression — only slight differences between salaries for new […]

solar panels

‘Yes on 6’ calls on 2019 Legislature to raise renewable standard

By: - November 14, 2018

‘Yes on 6’ wants to avoid becoming ‘Yes on 3.’ Nevadans voted “yes” last week on Question 6 — a ballot initiative that would require electric utilities to acquire at least 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Because it amends the Nevada Constitution, the ballot measure must be approved by voters […]

Washoe Dems

Election takeaways: Washoe blues, rural-urban divide deepens

By: - November 8, 2018

Nevada academics wasted no time jumping into an election post mortem. The Brookings Institute held a post-election panel discussion Wednesday where they analyzed the previous night’s “blue wave,” in which Democrats claimed victory in almost all statewide races. Panelists included Brookings Mountain West Executive Director Robert Lang, UNLV political science professor David Damore, Brookings fellow […]

student voting

Election 2018: Who should win, according to Nevada children

By: - November 5, 2018

Much has been written — and will continue to be written ad nauseum — about the “youth vote,” typically meaning voters between the ages of 18 and 24, and their potential to disrupt the political establishment and bring baby boomers to tears. Forget about them for a moment. Let’s talk about literal youth! More than […]