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Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

NDOC closes Warm Springs Correctional Center amid staffing shortages

By: - November 22, 2022

Amid staffing shortages, prison officials announced the Nevada Department of Corrections is closing Warm Springs Corrections Center in Carson City and consolidating remaining staff to work at other facilities. The Nevada state prison system averages around 50% staffing vacancy rates at three northern Nevada prisons including Warm Springs, Northern Nevada Correctional Center and Lovelock Correctional […]

To end youth homelessness, groups say ‘we have no choice but to make policy changes’

By: - November 22, 2022

Tayvon Jenkins was 12 years old when he and his family began experiencing homelessness on and off.  The now 26-year-old Jenkins explained during the annual Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) summit Nov. 17 that he thought his situation was typical.  “I thought all my friends were always hungry, like me,” he said. “I thought […]

Battleground state SOS winners relieved after denying the election deniers

By: - November 16, 2022

Voters in Nevada, along with other battleground states including Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico and Arizona, rejected election deniers running to become secretaries of state. Members of the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, including Cisco Aguilar who was recently elected in Nevada, spoke during a virtual press conference Tuesday about the importance of preventing those […]

In SOS race, Aguilar on track to beat election denier who wanted to be in charge of elections

By: - November 11, 2022

Republican Jim Marchant, an election denier who warned he would “fix” the 2024 presidential election, is on track to lose his bid for secretary of state against Democrat Cisco Aguilar. Marchant initially had a lead in the race, but that vanished after additional voting results were released Thursday, and Aguilar’s lead only grew after Clark […]

Organizers, officials reaching out to voters whose signatures on ballots need verification

By: - November 11, 2022

If people forgot to sign their mail-in ballot, or their signature doesn’t match with past voting records, they have until the end of the day Nov. 14 to resolve their issue, a process known as signature curing. Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria said there were about 7,100 ballots that needed to be cured […]

Democratic House incumbents poised to survive redistricting gambit

By: - November 10, 2022

In the first election since congressional districts were redrawn, three Nevada incumbent U.S. House Democrats have declared victory, while Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei is on pace to win by his largest margin since being elected in 2012.  U.S. Reps. Dina Titus, Susie Lee, and Steven Horsford declared victory Thursday. Each had narrow leads […]

It took until Election Night but Republicans and Democrats finally agreed on something: Be patient

By: , and - November 9, 2022

Election Day has morphed into Election Week. Tuesday ended with none of Nevada’s top ticket races being called. Election officials at Clark and Washoe counties, which together make up almost 90% of the state population,  announced they did not have the resources to process the mail ballots that were received on Election Day via the […]

We almost certainly won’t know who won some races on election night, so don’t freak out

By: - November 7, 2022

Though Election Day is Tuesday, election officials say it will take some time before Nevadans learn final results or find out who won and who lost some close races. “It’s certainly not going to be final on election night, but we will keep the general public informed every day that we get results in, and […]

At UNLV, Warren tells young voters ‘it’s going to come down to you’

By: - November 3, 2022

In an attempt to motivate young voters, a key demographic group this election that could be a deciding factor in the narrow races up and down the ballot, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts gave an impassioned speech drawing on her first race ten years ago.  Warren, who spoke to UNLV students Wednesday, is the […]

Obama ribs Republicans for campaigning on inflation with no plan to fix it

By: - November 2, 2022

Former President Barack Obama criticized Republicans for lacking plans to fight inflation despite campaigning on rising prices, and warned democracy was on the ballot in a final push to energize the Nevada Democratic ticket a week before the midterm election.  Obama, who has made several recent campaign stops around the country to boost Democrats in […]

Cegavske shuts down hand counting of ballots in Nye County

By: - October 27, 2022

Nye County’s attempt to hand count ballots, a move that stemmed from conspiracy theories about voter fraud that was pushed by election deniers, “must cease immediately,” the secretary of state’s office said Thursday night.  “The current Nye County hand counting process must cease immediately and may not resume until after the close of polls on […]

Nye County ballot counting a ‘historic disaster’ at a ‘snail’s pace,’ ACLU says

By: - October 27, 2022

A painfully slow count, casually releasing results early, and an armed volunteer ordering around an election observer all marked the first day of counting ballots by hand in Nye County. “It’s an embarrassing day for our democracy,” Athar Haseebullah, the executive director of the ACLU of Nevada, said in a statement. “A historic disaster is […]