Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues.


Is the Green rush leaving women and minorities behind?

By: - June 29, 2018

How do you create equity in the cannabis industry so people of color, low-income communities and those disenfranchised by marijuana laws can benefit from a multimillion-dollar business? A year into recreational sales bringing new employment and business opportunities to the state, Nevada is still trying to answer that question.   “In my opinion, (the state) […]

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Hundreds brave Vegas heat to blast Trump, Heller

By: - June 23, 2018

Across the country, people have been speaking out against the Trump Administration’s policies that have resulted in immigrant families being separated at the border. With Donald Trump’s visit to Las Vegas Saturday, local protesters came out to voice their anger in person. “No Trump, no KKK, no Racist USA,” some chanted. “The people united will […]

Metro to decide on $500,000 settlement from 2010 Taser death

By: - June 22, 2018

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Fiscal Affairs Committee is expected to decide Monday whether to approve a settlement in the 2010 death of Anthony Jones. The committee’s recommendation is to approve the $500,000 settlement as a “compromise of a disputed claim.” Jones was pulled over during a traffic stop in December 2010, during which […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]