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Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry

Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, two grandsons, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.

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LV’s real estate reputation won’t die

By: - September 13, 2018

Las Vegas is having a tough time living down its sordid past.  Not that sordid past. It’s our reputation as Ground Zero in the foreclosure crisis a decade ago that has Southern Nevada in the news now. The headline in the New York Times reads: The Epicenter of the Housing Bust is Booming Again. (That’s […]

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Trump tariffs strengthen “perfect storm” slamming Nevada farms

By: - September 11, 2018

A wall of surplus beef, Donald Trump’s trade wars, and a drop in demand for milk and cheese threaten profits for Nevada’s $1 billion farming and ranching industries. “Hogs were hit very hard. Pork exports to China got hit the hardest. There’s a hog farm in Las Vegas that’s hurting because they can’t sell their […]

CCSD polls public on mascot controversy

By: - September 6, 2018

If public opinion decided policy at Clark County schools, Western High School’s Warrior mascot, replete with head dress and war paint, would be in no danger of being replaced.  Competing, unofficial surveys posted on-line give proponents  (273 so far) of the year-long effort to discard the mascot little chance of catching up with opponents, who […]

Laxalt contributor invoked KKK in effort to dismantle public schools

By: - September 5, 2018

Nevada Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt received $10,000 in campaign contributions from a Missouri billionaire who advocates for dismantling the public school system and once quoted a judge who says the school system is a creation of the Ku Klux Klan. Rex Sinquefield is the founder of the Show-Me Institute, a conservative think […]

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Workers caring for Americans don’t earn enough to care for families

By: - September 4, 2018

Helping elderly and disabled Americans retain their independence and avoid nursing home care is getting more challenging, thanks to the low-pay and unpredictable working conditions of the home care work force. Home care workers (also called direct care workers and personal care assistants) are increasingly in demand to help people remain in their homes and […]

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Avenatti: “New normalcy” warrants new politics

By: - August 31, 2018

Attorney, Trump antagonist and potential 2020 presidential candidate Michael Avenatti looks and sounds like a candidate, though he says he’s yet to decide on whether he’ll take on the president.  Avenatti says politics as usual won’t do under what he calls a “new normalcy.” The man who represents Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against Donald J. […]

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Trump rule could test Laxalt’s commitment to sex assault victims

By: - August 30, 2018

Nevada gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt is refusing to say whether he supports a Trump administration effort to expand the sale of short term insurance plans, referred to by Democrats as “junk plans.”   Laxalt, a Republican, has long been a proponent of eliminating the Affordable Care Act, pledging in his 2014 campaign to “join the […]

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LV Bishop condemns ‘patterns of negligence, denial, and obfuscation’

By: - August 30, 2018

Bishop George Leo Thomas is new to his job in Nevada, but the leader of the Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas is no stranger to guiding his flock through the quagmire of sexual abuse that has plagued the Roman Catholic Church for decades and currently threatens its future.  A grand jury report released this month […]

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Nevada faces $56 million Medicaid deficit this year

By: - August 23, 2018

Nevada Medicaid officials plan to ask lawmakers for a special appropriation to fill a deficit caused in part by an increase in health and behavioral services used by children and adults, the Current has learned.   “Yes, we have a shortfall of $56 million for fiscal year 2019,” says Marta Jensen of the Division of Health […]

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Laxalt’s hopes dashed for cease fire over background checks

By: - August 21, 2018

Nevada Attorney General and Republican candidate for governor Adam Laxalt says he hopes a Clark County judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed against him and Governor Brian Sandoval will put an end to criticism that Laxalt is bucking the will of the people and forwarding his own pro-gun agenda by refusing to enforce Question 1. […]

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Trump’s hand-picked candidate Danny Tarkanian attacks opponent Susie Lee as “wealthy elite”

By: - August 20, 2018

Republican Congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian, who abandoned his primary challenge of Senator Dean Heller at the direction of President Donald Trump, is chiding his opponent, Susie Lee, for jetting out of state in her “luxurious private plane.” The news release quoting Tarkanian’s campaign spokesman Richard Hernandez says “This week, while middle-class families are busy working […]

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Foster parent applicants rarely denied

By: - August 20, 2018

Author’s note: Earlier this month the Current reported that a longtime advocate for foster parents and adopted father of five children is alleged in a police report and by family members to have a history of sexual assault.  The allegations prompted questions about the vetting process for foster parents.   Reports of child abuse and endangerment in […]