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.

State seeks community input on investing federal funds to fix historic problems

By: - August 4, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, Nevada landed on the bottom of just about every national ranking on education, affordable housing, mental health, social services and health care spending.  The lack of investment in various systems over the years caught up to the state when the threat of Covid-19 caused a statewide shutdown and exacerbated long festering […]

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Sisolak: “There is not another state extension of the eviction moratorium coming”

By: - July 29, 2021

As the federal eviction moratorium ends Saturday, Gov. Steve Sisolak says the structures put in place, including legislation that connects the eviction process to rental assistance applications, are enough to prevent at risk Nevadans from being locked out.  Though Covid-19 cases have been rising, prompting the return of other mitigation efforts such as mask mandates, […]

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Sisolak, Ford press corrections officials on low vaccination rates among prison staff

By: - July 28, 2021

Less than half of corrections staff within the Nevada Department of Corrections have been vaccinated, which Gov. Steve Sisolak called “atrocious and not acceptable” during a meeting Tuesday.   The Nevada Board of Prison Commissioners, which includes Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, was informed 41.9% of the 2,393 prison staff […]

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ACLU, NV Press Association sue to assure NDOC transparency at execution

By: - July 26, 2021

The ACLU of Nevada filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Nevada Press Association against the state to assure Zane Floyd’s pending execution is conducted in a transparent manner. The complaint, Nevada Press Association v. Sisolak, scrutinizes limitations on witnesses, specifically members of the press, observing the execution, saying that the state’s  “procedures violate […]


Long housing voucher wait lists prompt calls for action in reconciliation bill

By: - July 23, 2021

Nevadans wait an average of 38 months, more than three years, to receive housing vouchers, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  And unless the federal government expands and intensifies its meager housing voucher program, those wait times won’t be getting any shorter, the report concludes. The group […]

House launches probe of moratorium-defying evictions at weekly apartments

By: - July 22, 2021

Throughout the pandemic, legal groups, housing justice organizers and tenants have warned that weekly stay apartments have been ousting renters despite federal and local protections.  Bailey Bortolin, the statewide advocacy, outreach and policy director for the Nevada Coalition of Legal Service Providers, likened actions taken by some corporate landlords to circumvent eviction moratoria as “driving […]

Wolfson, Lombardo panned for ‘generic responses’ at NAACP forum

By: - July 20, 2021

Toward the end of an NAACP Las Vegas panel on race and the justice system, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo were asked by an audience member how their respective offices identify and address racial disparities in arrests and convictions.  Earlier in Saturday’s forum, which was […]

Metro sued in federal court over death of Byron Williams

By: - July 16, 2021

It’s been nearly two years since Byron Williams, an unarmed Black man who was pursued by officers because of a broken bicycle light, died in police custody after uttering “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times.  Williams’ family is still seeking answers and trying to find justice after Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided […]

Clark County hears ideas for spending $440 million in ARP housing money

By: - July 15, 2021

With $440 million that Clark County will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act, commissioners see the rare allotment of federal funding as a gift to not only invest in the recovery of Southern Nevada but also to fix Southern Nevada’s housing crisis.  County Commissioners sought feedback from nonprofits and social service providers Wednesday to […]

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NDOC hasn’t implemented law capping deductions on inmate bank accounts

By: - July 12, 2021

To test if a new law restricting deductions on inmate bank accounts was working properly at the beginning of the month, Jodi Hocking deposited $10 for her husband, an inmate with the Nevada Department of Corrections. Since September 2020, Return Strong, a prisoners advocacy group Hocking started, along with the ACLU of Nevada and other […]

Traffic ticket decriminalization takes effect July 1, but law’s major provisions don’t

By: - June 28, 2021

While legislation decriminalizing traffic tickets and preventing driver’s license suspensions for minor traffic offenses technically go into effect July 1, major provisions of the bills won’t be effective until months, if not years, later. Assembly Bill 116 makes minor traffic violations, such as driving with a broken taillight, a civil infraction, while Senate Bill 219 […]

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Labor Secretary says investment in home care workers needed to avert crisis

By: - June 24, 2021

A proposed $400-billion investment in the nation’s home caregiving infrastructure is needed to prevent a massive crisis in the industry, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in Las Vegas Wednesday. The amount is included in the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan, the infrastructure legislation that has been going through intense negotiations in Washington. Counterproposals from Republicans […]