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Michael Lyle

Journalist

I am a freelance reporter based in Las Vegas.
Currently, I work on a variety of stories for The Sunday, Vegas INC and Desert Companion.
Formerly, I was a general assignment reporter for Las Vegas Review-Journal.
While I'm skilled at covering a range of topics, I'm most interested in writing about race relations and minority affairs, the criminal justice system, social justice issues and public policy.
My eight years in the industry have resulted in various awards including being named the 2011 Nevada Press Association Journalist of Merit.
I graduated from UNLV in 2008 with a degree in journalism and media studies, and I'm currently enrolled at Syracuse University doing an online Masters in communications and journalism. My calling as a journalist derives from my passion for social justice and human rights - I believe in watchdog journalism.

Portfolio
Vegas Seven
03/31/2018
Transgender Locals Share Their Truths of Living After Their Transitions

Whether it's a rise in hate crimes against trans people or struggling with employment or homelessness , there are many challenges transgender people are fighting against. Some in the trans community believe it comes down to a lack of visibility and people being afraid of what they don't understand.

Nevada Public Radio
'This Means the World to Me'

A holiday with family offers hope to inmates - and reminds them of what's waiting for them outside.For the first time in three years, 30-year-old Krisse Thompson watches her children unwrap dozens of presents. Nerf guns. Star Wars action figures. Board games.

LasVegasSun.com
01/01/2018
School transgender policy gets people talking

Noa Ortega, 15, changed in a bathroom because he couldn't use the locker room. Sans Ammons, 17, once had to show his student identification to a school security guard before entering the boys' bathroom. Transgender students from schools across the valley have described their treatment as a game of roulette.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
02/17/2017
Bill would provide protections for LGBTQ youth in Nevada foster care

When Tristan Torres was 16 and placed in foster care after his mother kicked him out for being transgender, his new home was supposed to feel safe. It didn't. "The first inkling I had that this wasn't going to be good was when (my foster mother) refused to call me by my preferred pronoun," Torres said.

LasVegasSun.com
04/24/2017
The case for bringing more educational opportunities to Nevada inmates

Jon Ponder paces at the front of the classroom, explaining to the potential students before him what would be expected if they entered the program. The 15 guys staring back are clad in navy blue jumpsuits with fading white letters sprayed on the back - CCDC.

LasVegasSun.com
07/24/2017
How students are overcoming the nation's education inequality

Wade Vandervort Standing on the stage of the Thomas & Mack Center for the 2014 College of Southern Nevada graduation, Carlos Holguin couldn't quite believe it. Not only was he the first in his family to go to college, he was the commencement speaker and Regents' Scholar, an honor that would pay for his further education at UNLV.

Nevada Public Radio
A Simple Shower

A mobile bathing unit is bringing a measure of hygiene - and dignity - to the city's homelessThere have been many early mornings when 23-year-old Victoria Cooke scaled the fence of an apartment complex to sneak into the pool area.

VegasInc.com
02/26/2018
Women of color are starting businesses at 'record rates'

Tanitsha Bridgers tells people there are two reasons someone might start a business. "It's either out of a need they see and a void that needs to be filled or out of frustration." She started Mobile Mental Health Support Services because she saw people who wanted access to mental health ...

Nevada Public Radio
'Not a disappointment to God'

Many transgender people have encountered bias from religion, but some are seeking - and finding - acceptance in local churches.As the piano begins to play inside Metropolitan Community Church, the music invites the handful of congregants to take their seats.

Nevada Public Radio
Blind trust

When you've lost your sight and are re-learning how to navigate the world in ways small (handling money) and large (fighting your fears), it's good to have a little help Robert Stevenson is nervous about riding the bus.Even though his vision had been declining for six years, the 45-year-old Las Vegas resident became legally blind less than a year ago.

LasVegasSun.com
07/03/2017
Forum asks: Why are people of color seemingly targeted by police?

Nearly 100 people filed into the cafeteria at Charles I. West Preparatory Academy to ask a panel of lawyers, activists and representatives of local chapters of the NAACP and ACLU, Metro Police and its Use of Force Board, and the District Attorney's Office anything about Nevada's judicial process regarding officer-involved ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal
11/25/2016
Transgender Day of Remembrance designed for LGBT community to honor those who died

Through sniffles and stifled tears, a group of LGBT people and community allies read the names of 26 people slain in the United States for being transgender. "I've been coming to (International Transgender Day of Remembrance events) for 10 years," said Blue Montana, transgender program manager at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center).

Nevada Public Radio
The dish: 'Make something you would eat'

For the chefs at Catholic Charities and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, every day is a challenge to make meals that are more than just sustenanceSixty gallons of chili boil in the back kitchen of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada on Las Vegas Boulevard.

LasVegasSun.com
06/11/2017
Democratic forum gives voice to fears about health care overhaul

The Health Care Forum at UNLV, organized by Planned Parenthood and U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., brought together diverse stakeholders, such as a gynecologist, an HIV outreach coordinator, a sex worker and a cancer patient. The event was aimed at those who feel threatened by what they know and ...

Las Vegas Review-Journal
02/07/2017
Nonprofit to push Legislature to boost budget for Meals on Wheels

Erin Joseph's homebound grandfather had Parkinson's disease, and his health was declining. The family signed him up to become a recipient in the city of Henderson's Meals on Wheels program, which approved him in May. Then he waited. "One week went by and then another, and we hadn't heard back from the program," Joseph said.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
02/15/2015
Las Vegan continues to fight for Martin Luther King's dream

Standing at the right side of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Robert Green never knew one seemingly insignificant moment captured in a black-and- white photo would seal his place in history. This image shows Green, who had greeted King at the airport in Lansing, Mich., walking and talking with the civil rights leader about an upcoming speech on education.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
03/31/2016
Nonprofit serves homeless, low-income residents with restaurant-style experience

Friends in the Desert is a Henderson-based nonprofit that provides food, clothing and hygiene products for homeless and low-income people. Its mission to feed those in need became clear after members of the church noticed homeless men scrounging for food in the dumpsters behind St. Timothy's Episcopal Church.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
07/28/2016
Henderson couple renovate food truck to cater to Las Vegas homeless

In a dirt lot on the corner of G Street and McWilliams Avenue, about 100 people are lined up, waiting for the food truck to finish cooking and start serving. But this isn't any ordinary truck, and these aren't regular customers. They are homeless.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
01/23/2015
UNLV event focuses on life-without-parole sentences for juveniles

When he was 14 years old, Marcus Dixon was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 40 years for murder with use of a deadly weapon. "I messed up," Dixon said Thursday during a juvenile justice event at UNLV. "I know that. But life without parole for a kid isn't right."

Las Vegas Review-Journal
12/09/2016
Nevada's first ASL slam for deaf, hard-of-hearing held in Henderson

Douglas Ridloff takes the stage ready to share one of his poems: "Symbiosis." It isn't a typical piece of slam poetry. Ridloff, who is deaf, is sharing all his work in American Sign Language with a crowd of predominantly deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Reviewjournal
08/29/2014
Vigil honors black teen shot by Missouri police

As night descended, about 100 people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in North Las Vegas and held their candles high in honor of Missouri 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was fatally shot by police on Aug. 9. "Hands up," the crowd chanted Thursday night as they gathered near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Carey Avenue.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
10/15/2015
Inside Las Vegas' only rated-R haunted house - PHOTOS

To enter the Gates of Hell, an R-rated haunted house part of the Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror, patrons must accept their fate. They will be touched, groped, verbally assaulted, emotionally disturbed and electrically shocked. Holding the waiver all people entering must sign is the character Cardinal Sin, who dons a Roman Catholic robe with an upside-down necklace he occasionally licks suggestively.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
10/30/2013
Resident changes his life after arrests, 50 years of alcoholism

After nearly 50 years of alcoholism, which resulted in divorce, being estranged from his family, losing his real estate business and facing homelessness, Stewart Meyer plummeted from his cozy lifestyle to rock bottom. In a stupor last year, Meyer, then age 65, lay down on a bench on Water Street outside the Rainbow Club Casino.

Reviewjournal
01/15/2014
Las Vegans celebrate 50th anniversary of historic civil rights speech

With the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington approaching, Roosevelt Thompson discusses what it was like attending the original event, the inspiration of Dr. Martin Luther King and issues the African-American community is still fighting against today.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
09/12/2015
Where are the college resources for undocumented students?

Like many students at the College of Southern Nevada, Brenda Romero goes to class, studies regularly and finds time for extracurricular activities. Her organization of choice is student government, where she hopes to be an advocate for her fellow students. But unlike many other students, Romero has faced obstacles when trying to pursue higher education while being undocumented.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
08/30/2015
Organization working to boost organ donation among minorities

Arlett Valencia crosses another date off her mental calendar, counting the days she has been waiting for a kidney and pancreas transplant. "It has been 1,156 days," she says as she sets up her daily dialysis - the machine that has kept her alive since her kidneys started to fail.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
03/15/2015
Gay and Lesbian center hosts its first transgender wedding

Like any wedding, Jazmynne Young and Mark Matthews say their ceremony March 21 is about two people in love deciding to share their lives together. But the day also is special because it's the first wedding with a transgender couple at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
02/08/2015
After 45 years, gay couple celebrates first real Valentine's Day

John Jaworek gathers photos accumulated throughout the past 45 years of his life with his husband, Ron Virtue. "I went through and pulled out the terrible ones," Virtue says to his husband. "But I thought they all looked good," Jaworek replies as Virtue shakes his head in disagreement.

Reviewjournal
08/24/2014
Black stuntmen fought for equal rights behind the scenes

Willie Harris can tell many stories about the racism he faced in Hollywood. On a recent Saturday afternoon, the remaining members of the Black Stuntmen's Association retell their brushes with actors and movie studios that fought tooth and nail to make sure African-American stuntmen were excluded from work.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
01/11/2015
Former dropout excels at giving kids new outlook on school

On a tall, black bookshelf in the corner of her office at Nevada Partners Inc., Tiffany Tyler displays mementos from her journey. There are photos of great-grandparents, who were sharecroppers in the South during Reconstruction. There are pictures from all of her college graduations.

Reviewjournal
01/15/2014
An alternative sentencing program, ABC Court, helps people turn their lives around.

Since 40-year-old Tony Gallardo was 18, he has spent 2,537 days, or about seven years, of his life in jail and countless other days strung out on drugs. But none of that matters anymore as he clings to more than 700 days drug-, alcohol- and crime-free and graduates from the Henderson Municipal Court's Assistance of Breaking the Cycle program.

Reviewjournal
01/15/2014
Spirit of recovery to propel Pink Paddlers at Henderson's regatta

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Las Vegas Review-Journal
09/14/2014
Survey shows discrimination, harassment against women in construction

Working with her hands and having the ability to create, Jovan Johnson fell in love with carpentry and decided to enter the construction industry about a decade ago. "I realized early on I enjoyed it, and I was good at it," she says. "There is just something really rewarding about seeing what you can accomplish."

View Neighborhood News - Las Vegas Review-Journal
03/26/2013
Area immigration activists call for fixing 'broken' system

Part one of a two-part series on immigration reform in Nevada. The series took second place for the best in-depth or investigative series from the Nevada Press Association.

View Neighborhood News - Las Vegas Review-Journal
04/02/2013
Rally draws attention to immigration reform

Part two of a two-part series on immigration reform in Nevada. The series took second place for the best in-depth or investigative series from the Nevada Press Association.

Las Vegas Review-Journal
02/02/2015
Hooked on oral history

Claytee White started looking for stories from the African-American community in a beauty salon in West Las Vegas. For more than a decade, the first director of the oral history department at UNLV has been collecting and preserving the stories from Las Vegas residents who say the city develop, grow and change.

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