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.


Winter is coming… and homelessness isn’t going away

By: - October 22, 2018

Like the summer heat, the winter cold can present life-threatening challenges to those experiencing homelessness. Southern Nevada policymakers have long struggled to effectively address causes of — and solutions to — homelessness. Meanwhile, winter is coming, triggering annual actions by social service organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, to at least try to help people living […]

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Las Vegas City Council crushes 5th graders’ hopes

By: - October 17, 2018

A fifth-grade class at Garehime Elementary School got a taste of how local government works, or doesn’t, Wednesday when it made a case before the Las Vegas City Council for naming the black-tailed jackrabbit as the official city animal. “I thought this would be noncontroversial and a no-brainer,” said City Councilman Stavros Anthony. “Since I’ve […]

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Trans community blasts ‘vile and hate-mongering’ political ad

By: - October 16, 2018

Members of the transgender community are saying a new advertisement against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Sisolak is transphobic and stokes fear. “Ads like this are vile and hate-mongering,” says Brooke Maylath with Transgender Allies Group, which is based in Reno. “It’s despicable and serves no other purpose other than to demonize transgender people.” In a social […]

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Huntridge Circle Park closed for maintenance – or to oust homeless?

By: - October 16, 2018

Huntridge Circle Park, which is shut down until Nov. 30, is expected to reopen to the public again. That’s despite the fact various residents in the Huntridge neighborhood have called — and some City of Las Vegas officials have even discussed — its permanent closure to keep homeless people away. A July email obtained by Nevada […]

Heller introduces senior affordable housing bill

By: - October 12, 2018

To help low-income seniors with affordable housing issues, Sen. Dean Heller announced Friday he has introduced legislation that allocates tax credits to housing owners and developers. The Seniors Affordable Housing Tax Credit Act attempts to address Nevada’s housing crisis by giving credits to landlords who choose to rent properties to low-income seniors — the text of […]

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The Kavanaugh effect in Nevada: Something, or nothing?

By: - October 9, 2018

Less than a month away from the November election, yet another poll shows candidates in Nevada’s top races in a dead heat. If the election was today, 46 percent of likely voters said they would vote for U.S. Sen. Dean Heller while 44 percent would choose U.S. Rep. Jacky Rosen, according to an NBC/Marist poll […]


Growing number of Nevada women incarcerated for non-violent crimes

By: - October 9, 2018

Nearly 80 percent of the 1,200 women imprisoned in Nevada are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, often as not a drug-related offense. Last year, more than half of women who entered prison were first-time offenders. And in Nevada, as in the nation, the incarceration rate for women is rising faster than for men. While Nevada policymakers […]


Women to Heller: Enough

By: - October 6, 2018

Listening to Christine Blasey Ford share her story in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sully Park couldn’t help but notice the similarities. Park doesn’t remember a lot of things about the night she was sexually assaulted — what day of the week it was, how she got home, or what season it was. But […]

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Lee, Sisolak talk education and economy with Hispanics in Politics

By: - October 3, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Susie Lee thinks the minimum wage should be $15 an hour — eventually. Immigration, education and wages were among issues Lee and Democratic candidate for governor Steve Sisolak stumped on Wednesday morning at a Hispanics in Politics breakfast. “Education is one of my top priorities because I believe it is a great […]

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Kavanaugh, Me Too point up need to modernize Nevada sex ed

By: - October 2, 2018

If 18-year-old Alan Cruz learned anything from Christine Blasey Ford accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, it’s that people don’t believe survivors. Cruz, a recent graduate of Canyon Springs High School, says he was sexually assaulted this summer and worries people won’t believe him either. However, that hasn’t stopped him from traveling […]

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Forum highlights need for paid sick leave, higher minimum wage

By: - September 28, 2018

As an English Language Learner teacher at Hyde Park Middle School, Mario Wolthers knows sending a sick student home isn’t easy. “Just today I had a kid, and you can tell visually he just wasn’t feeling well,” he says. “I asked him, ‘If you’re not feeling well, why didn’t you stay home?’ He told me […]

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Michelle Obama at Las Vegas rally: Turn out to vote, don’t give up

By: - September 24, 2018

If people want an example of how voting can make a difference for a community, Michelle Obama points to Boone County, Missouri. “They were struggling to get their children the mental health care they needed” Obama said in Las Vegas Sunday. “The folks came together, came up with a plan to fund children’s mental health […]