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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.

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Nevada ill-equipped to house youth offenders

By: - June 22, 2018

If a teenage girl in Nevada was convicted as an adult, the options for housing her in a correctional facility would be segregation or sending her out of state. “There is nowhere in the department of corrections for them to live,” says Holly Welborn, the policy director of the ACLU of Nevada. “This is an […]

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Gender-diverse community challenges state intersex policy

By: - June 21, 2018

Georgiann Davis was 13 years old when a doctor discovered instead of having ovaries and a uterus that she had internal testes. Yet, Davis didn’t find out until she was in her mid-20s. “I was lied to, and my family was lied to,” she says. “I didn’t find out until later when I requested my […]

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Sisolak to Laxalt: Tell Trump to stop it

By: , and - June 19, 2018

Several Republicans on the Nevada ballot this fall began to break their silence Monday about the prison-like camps holding immigrant children separated from their parents at the southern border. However, they did not call for the Trump administration to immediately end its family separation policy. Instead, echoing the president, Nevada Republican candidates suggested that the […]

School board reviews gender-diverse policy

By: - June 15, 2018

After about four hours of public comment and intense debate, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees voted 4-3 to move forward on a proposed policy for gender-diverse students. The trustees are expected to discuss changes to the drafted policy again at an August meeting. “I’m pleased to finally review a draft,” says Laura […]

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Second chances: Prison program connects inmates to education

By: - June 14, 2018

When Natasha Barker entered Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center last year, she dreaded the day of her release because of the unknowns it came with. Concerns about life after incarceration often plague many inmates. “There are all these questions about whether or not we can find a job, if we will re-offend or if we […]

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Sisolak pivots to Laxalt

By: and - June 13, 2018

Steve Sisolak campaigned saying he was the only Democrat who could beat Republican Adam Laxalt in the race for governor. Now he’ll get his chance. Sisolak defeated fellow Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani  in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. With still some votes to be counted, Sisolak had an impressive 12-point lead over “Chris G.” The […]

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STDs on the rise nationally and in Nevada

By: - June 11, 2018

Testing for sexually transmitted diseases at the Southern Nevada Health District has jumped 34 percent in the last two years, and reported STD cases have been rising by double-digit percentages. Explanations for the rise of STDs vary, from a decline in condom use to the rise of dating apps to people’s inability to visit or […]

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Having to be twice as good – African American women in the campaign industry

By: - June 7, 2018

Too often, Najaah Daniels walks into a room and people assume she is everything but what she actually is – a campaign manager running a congressional race. “People think I’m (state Sen. Pat) Spearman’s assistant, or they think I’m her niece,” she said. “When I say I’m a campaign manager, they give me this look […]

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DA primary reflects Democrats in transition

By: and - June 5, 2018

In the 1980s, a group of centrists, including a young governor from Arkansas named Bill Clinton, formed the Democratic Leadership Council. Its goal was to shift the party to the right, and away from a declining political left that had suffered Richard Nixon’s landslide victory over George McGovern in 1972, and then found itself no […]

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Send them away, sweep them away… A look at local policy on homelessness

By: - June 5, 2018

Las Vegas officials claim that “by offering a one-stop shop with access to medical, housing and employment services through a variety of partners” at the city’s Courtyard Homeless Resource Center, “the cycle of homelessness can be broken.” However, the most used service at the Courtyard isn’t providing medical care, a home or a job, according […]

Supreme Court ruling on gay couple’s wedding cake delights Laxalt

By: - June 5, 2018

Attorney General and governor candidate Adam Laxalt applauded a U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving a baker’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. “Today the Supreme Court reinforced that the Constitution is not a zero-sum game, and that we can respect diversity and protect against unlawful discrimination while also respecting and protecting […]