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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.

NLV went way out of its way to slam the door on rent stabilization, critics say

By: - August 9, 2022

The City North Las Vegas sided with its city clerk’s interpretation of the law used to reject the Culinary Union’s rent stabilization ballot initiative, but some experts think the union has a legal case and city officials reached their decision through a “bad faith” reading of state law.  The Culinary Union intends to sue the […]

Southern Nevada homeless count finds more people on the streets

By: - August 3, 2022

After a steady decline in homelessness over the last several years, recent data found an uptick in people living on the streets this year, including families.   The recent results from the 2022 Point-in-Time Count and Survey, conducted in February, showed the largest increase in homelessness since 2019 and found 5,645 people experiencing homelessness. The number […]

Congressional probe labels Siegel Group’s eviction practices ‘uniquely egregious’

By: - July 29, 2022

Though a recent U.S. House committee investigation revealed Siegel Suites used abusive tactics to force people out during the pandemic and evicted tenants even as they waited on rental assistance, the damage is already done for Ashima Carter.  Carter received an eviction notice in March 2021 even though she was approved for rental assistance from […]

Requests for affordable housing project help total five times program’s funding

By: - July 28, 2022

The Nevada Housing Division told lawmakers this week it is reviewing $2.5 billion in requests for projects seeking to address the state’s affordable housing crisis, an amount that far exceeds the $500 million investment promised by the governor earlier this year.  The division provided the Interim Finance Committee, which approved the $250 million of the […]

Women discuss access to mental health, economic barriers during roundtable with Rep. Lee

By: - July 26, 2022

The 2022 election is about “electing someone who is going to stand up,” for women, U.S. Rep. Susie Lee said Monday at a roundtable centered around Southern Nevada moms. “I think women in this country are very fearful,” Lee said.  Lee, a two-term Democrat who is seeking a third term, said she hosted the event […]

Rise of extremist groups and lax gun restrictions connected, groups argue in new report

By: - July 25, 2022

Amid the latest calls by groups wanting more federal and state action on firearm regulations, progressive organizations are laying out their latest appeal for tougher restrictions – make it harder for white supremacists and anti-government extremists to get guns.  The Institute for a Progressive Nevada and the Center for American Progress released a report Wednesday […]

Sisolak touts ARPA housing investments, says ‘minimum wage kind of took care of itself’

By: - July 20, 2022

Gov. Steve Sisolak Tuesday acknowledged there is nothing the state can do to address rising gas prices, touted efforts to fix the housing crisis, and said he was open to working with lawmakers on increasing the state’s minimum wage and providing more tenant protections.  Sisolak made remarks on those and several other subjects while meeting […]

Republicans block Cortez Masto bill protecting patients traveling for abortion services

By: - July 14, 2022

Senate Republicans blocked U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s bill that would protect patients in states where abortion is banned who seek to travel out of state to access services.  Cortez Masto, along with U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, recently introduced the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 as Republican-led state legislatures […]

Medical providers, organizers expect ‘tidal wave’ of patients seeking abortion services

By: - July 12, 2022

Nevada medical providers are already seeing an influx of patients from across the country seeking abortion services and are warning about a potential tidal wave that could wash over on Nevada’s system of care.  Adam Levy, a medical provider at Birth Control Care Center and the director of planning for UNLV Women’s Health Center OB-GYN […]

Winning primaries with a minority of votes shows need for change, group says

By: - July 8, 2022

A report released Thursday by the nonpartisan election organization FairVote, which has been a proponent for ranked choice voting, showed Nevada congressional and statewide candidates in five Republican primaries and one Democratic primary were decided by less than 50% of the votes — and in two of those races, one for a congressional district and […]

Biden’s plan to nominate anti-abortion lawyer to federal bench draws fire from Nevada senators

By: - July 7, 2022

Following reports that the Biden administration intended to nominate a Republican attorney who opposes abortion rights to become a federal district judge, Nevada Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen panned the idea and asserted they would vote against the prospective nominee.   The Kentucky-based Louisville Courier Journal reported this week a June email exchange between […]

Titus, colleagues blast Biden’s plan to sell jets to Turkey

By: - July 5, 2022

Nevada Democratic Rep. Dina Titus joined five other other House Democrats in lambasting President Biden’s decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, warning American warplanes would be used in the country’s “antagonism” toward Greece, a fellow NATO ally.  As a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, Titus signed onto a joint statement saying the […]