Lyle loves the mission behind the organization and would be honored to help serve alongside other members.
He has been a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for almost six years by starting out in the community section, View Neighborhood News. For the last year, he has been a general assignment features writer. Lyle received his bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies with an emphasis in print journalism from UNLV.
While working at the Review-Journal, he has always looked for stories that represent the diversity of the community. Being black and gay has made him hyperaware of a lack of diversity in the topics being reported on. He also noticed that newsrooms, though changing, are still predominately white and male. Organizations like NAHJ help change that by advocating for diversity - both in the newsroom and in the content being covered.
Secretary: Neal Morton
Morton previously served as treasurer for the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists and would appreciate the opportunity to help grow this young chapter in his home state of Nevada. SAAHJ required him to file a monthly treasurer's report and, in our secretary's absence, also take minutes occasionally.
As the current education reporter for the Review-Journal, he would hope to use his role on the board to increase the chapter's exposure to up and coming young journalists and recruit them to the organization once they start their college and professional careers.
In past positions, Morton covered business for the San Antonio Express-News and education for The Monitor in McAllen, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree in print journalism and English literature from the University of Nevada, Reno after graduating from Community College High School in Las Vegas.
Vice President: Ana Ley
Ana Ley is a displaced Texan tackling the higher education beat for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Ley previously worked at the Las Vegas Sun for about two years covering everything from crime to politics to immigration. Before moving to Las Vegas, she spent three years at the San Antonio Express-News writing about law enforcement, tourism and retail. Her first job was at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas -- her home town on the Mexican border.
Ley owes her journalism career to NAHJ, which helped her land her first reporting internship with the Associated Press in 2008. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas-Pan American, she participated in NAHJ's annual Student Projects two years in a row (San Jose, 2007/Chicago, 2008). She has since served as a volunteer mentor in the Student Projects for two years straight (San Antonio, 2014/Orlando, 2015) and hopes to do it again next year.
Having served as treasurer for NAHJ Nevada this past year, Ley would like the opportunity to serve as the group's vice president because she's deeply committed to growing this young chapter. Ley recognizes that newsroom diversity is vital in a minority-heavy state like Nevada, where Latinos make up nearly 30 percent of the population. Unfortunately, the state's predominantly white newsrooms don't reflect the communities they serve.
Together, this board can help change that -- it's why NAHJ Nevada's future is so crucial.
Vice President: Rubi Martinez
Martinez is currently a news producer for Univision Nevada,( which would help the young organization close one of its struggling gaps to recruit more broadcast and Spanish-speaking journalists. An area that the organization at the national level is also trying to improve)
She has been involved with NAHJ since she was a junior in college. She participated in Student Campus, Student Projects,as well as being involved with the L.A. chapter.
President: Yesenia Amaro (reelection)
Yesenia Amaro has covered social issues for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the past two years, recently earning her two awards from the Nevada Press Association including Journalist of the Year and one for community service.
Amaro is interested in running for another term as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists - Nevada chapter. Through her experience as president, she has learned what the areas of improvement for the organization are and it's her goal make advancements in those areas during her second year as president. One year was mostly only enough to keep up with the organization's events and internship program, in partnership with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The second year will allow for opportunities to go beyond that.
Amaro has been involved in NAHJ since 2007 while attending California State University, Los Angeles.
Together, we can keep this chapter alive.