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.

To comply with court ruling, Nye County says vote totals won’t be released early

By: - October 25, 2022

Nye County, which was recently forced by the Nevada Supreme Court to amend parts of its plans for hand-counting ballots, assured the secretary of state’s office in a letter Monday that to comply with the ruling it won’t livestream the counting or otherwise prematurely release election results. The Nevada Supreme Court unanimously ruled Oct. 21 […]

Social Security and Medicare are on the ballot, Democrats warn

By: - October 21, 2022

Nevada Congressional Democrats warn that if Republicans regain control of the House,  they will use the debt ceiling to force spending cuts, including for Social Security and Medicare. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with other Republicans, have recently pledged to leverage a future fight over negotiations to increase the debt limit, which prevents the […]

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NDOC confirms more staff placed on leave, ‘truly regrets the security breaches’

By: - October 17, 2022

In its first meeting since the resignation of the prison director following a person escaping prison, Nevada Department of Corrections officials took responsibility for administrative failures, confirmed additional officers were placed on paid administrative leave and vowed to be more transparent in operations going forward.  William Gittere, the acting director for NDOC, addressed the Board […]

No-show candidate doesn’t stop NLV mayor debate, which focuses on housing crisis

By: - October 17, 2022

In a debate that was supposed to feature two candidates running for North Las Vegas Mayor, current City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown didn’t show and state Sen. Pat Spearman used her time to chastise the city for blocking a rent cap ballot initiative and question the absence of her opponent. The ACLU of Nevada, Clark County […]

Horsford, Peters debate abortion, inflation in race for CD4

By: - October 13, 2022

In a campaign year with unusually few debates between contenders for high-profile offices, candidates running in Nevada’s 4th congressional district faced off in two debates within one week, sparring over abortion access, inflation and priorities moving forward.  Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford and Sam Peters, a retired U.S. Air Force major, answered a range […]

Democratic secretary of state candidate warns election denying opponent ‘will tear down the system’

By: - October 11, 2022

How do you convince voters to pay attention to the race for secretary of state, a historically mostly low-profile administrative office that oversees how elections are conducted? It’s not merely a theoretical question for several secretary of state candidates in the U.S. this year, who are running against election deniers who want to win the […]

Three Democratic incumbents fight to retain seats in competitive races

By: - October 10, 2022

Note: This is the second of two stories on the positions of candidates running in Nevada’s three competitive U.S. House seats. The first story examined the positions of Republican candidates. Though three Democratic incumbents are working to retain their House seats, the 3rd Congressional District, which has been held by U.S. Rep Susie Lee since […]

Nevada candidates hope to help Republicans retake House

By: - October 4, 2022

Note: This is the first of two stories on the positions of candidates running in Nevada’s three competitive U.S. House seats. The second story will examine positions of the Democratic candidates. Republican congressional candidate Mark Robertson says his top priority is to the limit the federal government, no matter if it’s voting against child care […]


Prison director, who faced years of criticism from staff, civil rights groups, resigns

By: - September 30, 2022

Nevada Department of Corrections Director Charles Daniels, who has faced questions about transparency from lawmakers and civil rights groups alike for nearly two years, resigned Friday after an inmate, who was serving life for murder, escaped and the department failed to report it for several days. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday that he asked for […]

Ad campaign warns Marchant seeks to end early voting, vote by mail

By: - September 29, 2022

A Democratic Association of Secretaries of State-backed group, which launched a wave of advertisements in battleground states, is investing nearly $6 million in Nevada to prevent Republican secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant, an election denier who has pushed conspiracy theories claiming voter fraud, from becoming the top election official.  The first Nevada ad, from […]

Majority of Nevadans eligible for student loan relief will qualify for $20K, estimates White House

By: - September 20, 2022

More than two-thirds of Nevadans eligible for student debt relief are Pell Grant recipients, according to estimates released by The White House. President Joe Biden, who had faced calls by Democratic lawmakers and policy groups to address the student debt crisis, announced late August he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student debt for […]

Lawmakers eye legislation to rein in commissary costs, medical debt for incarcerated people

By: - September 14, 2022

Following a recent state audit that found prisons mark up the prices of commissary goods more than 40% and people leaving prison faced millions of dollars in debt, lawmakers are proposing legislation to rein in the high costs of incarceration.  But any legislative efforts to limit costs, which are usually passed along to families, won’t […]