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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.

‘We can never rest’ – NV groups speak about rise in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and, in some states, laws

By: - June 29, 2022

Between the rise of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in 2022 and indications the Supreme Court could revisit protections for same sex couples, many in the local LGBTQ community are worried about what increased attacks and legislation could mean for Nevada.  Though the state has passed numerous protections that gay and trans advocates argue would be difficult to […]

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State legislative panels hold first-time joint meeting on climate crisis

By: - June 23, 2022

When surveying Nevada residents on food insecurity, Nancy Brune with the Guinn Center found that the climate crisis and extreme heat had a direct impact on people’s ability to afford groceries. Brune, who is running for Las Vegas City Council, recently told lawmakers about efforts with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services to […]

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North Las Vegas ballot proposal seeks to rework restrictions on transitional housing

By: - June 17, 2022

After failing to convince North Las Vegas council members to fix zoning restrictions that prevent the creation of transitional housing for people leaving prison, organizers are hoping to place it on the ballot for the 2022 midterm election. The city’s current policy requires that the facilities must be at least 1,500 feet from religious institutions, […]

Congressional incumbents ward off challenges, head to the general

By: - June 14, 2022

All four congressional incumbents are on track to win their primary seats with the three Democrats heading into what is expected to be a grueling general election with sizable war chests.  Five-term incumbent U.S. Rep Dina Titus held a big election night lead over her opponent Amy Vilela, the former state co-chair for the presidential […]

Lawmakers urged to apply brakes to Nevada’s speedy eviction process

By: - June 14, 2022

Pay rent or quit.  The phrase is seen on top of a seven-day notice for nonpayment, a document that can be easily downloaded online and filled out by landlords and property managers. Without involving a court or attorney, the notice initiates the eviction process.  Unlike every other state, in Nevada, to challenge an eviction notice […]

NV’s most common jobs rarely pay enough to pay the rent, UNLV research shows

By: - June 10, 2022

Retail workers, the most common job in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, don’t earn enough to afford a studio apartment, let alone buy a house, according to recent data from UNLV researchers. They aren’t the only workers in Nevada priced out and struggling with housing affordability. A fact sheet published this week by Brookings Mountain […]

Horsford, HUD Sec. Fudge slam corporate investors for skyrocketing rents

By: - June 7, 2022

Democratic U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford wants to crack down on corporate investors that buy up already limited housing stock, which he said has driven up rents and squeezed out prospective homeowners.   Horsford joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge on Monday to tour affordable housing complexes in Southern Nevada and speak on federal […]

Rep. Susie Lee weighs in on proposed gun legislation: ‘we better try like hell’

By: - June 1, 2022

As Congress considers, yet again, gun control legislation following recent mass shootings in New York and Texas, Democratic U.S. Rep. Susie Lee worried about its fate without enough support from Republican senators. Lee, who took questions on social security and access to health care at a seniors town hall in Las Vegas Tuesday, was also […]

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Far-right Republicans compete in CD4 primary before facing a well-funded Horsford

By: - May 27, 2022

Heading into the June primary for the 4th Congressional District, incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford faces no Democratic opponents and holds a nearly $2 million war chest ahead of the November general election. He will face one of three Republican candidates: Assemblywoman Annie Black, retired U.S. Air Force Major and insurance company owner Samuel Peters, […]

Nevada Supreme Court

Report names Nevada among 20 states without a person of color on the Supreme Court

By: - May 24, 2022

Though Nevada’s population is surging with people of color, that is not reflected in the state’s highest court, according to a new analysis.  The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law found the state is one of 20 with zero justices of color on its Supreme Court. The State Supreme […]

North Las Vegas mayoral race features state senator, councilwoman, 5 others

By: - May 24, 2022

While making a case on why they would be best fit to serve as next mayor of North Las Vegas, several candidates have united in a similar message: Voters cannot afford to keep electing the same old leadership. Seven people are running to replace North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, who is now running for […]

Amy Vilela makes case to Democratic primary voters to replace Dina Titus

By: - May 23, 2022

Even before inflation and gas prices hit a historic high this year, Democratic U.S. Rep. Dina Titus worried the previously solidly blue 1st Congressional District would be a casualty in the general election of 2022. Nevada Current previously reported that Titus, speaking at an AFL-CIO town hall in December, criticized maps drawn and approved by […]