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Steve Friess

Steve Friess is a freelance journalist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today, among many other outlets.

Story Archive

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    "That’s gotta be going through his head ... how he went from going places and now it turned very quickly. He’s doing a lot of reflection right now.”

  • History

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    For a city as young as Las Vegas, it’s amazing how little we really know.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    The fallacy of the failed “family-friendly” era is as absurd as it is infuriating.

  • SLS Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    "Sometimes even when the house loses, the neighborhood wins."

  • Betting

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    “I guess, because I was winning, they let a lot of it slide, and there haven’t been complaints so far, as far as I know.”

  • Wynn Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    While quick to condemn our political and economic system, Wynn continues to handle China with kid gloves.

  • Magic

    Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

    The magician's claim that “magic hasn’t been presented in the right way in America” rings a bit hollow in Las Vegas.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    "I’m just saying we don’t know and, legally, nobody has proven anything. That used to matter, right?"

  • Casino

    Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

    Here’s a chilling thought, courtesy of the man who made it all possible: “Ask yourself, if there was no Mirage on the Strip, what would’ve happened?”

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

    Frederick Foster looked the Vegas part, that is, minus the douchiness and yard-long margarita and plus class, culture and brains.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

    Bidding on items? Awesome! Dealing with customer service afterward? Not so much.

  • As We See It

    Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

    Was it only seven years ago that Miles and I held a “commitment ceremony” in that fabulous suite at the Palms, “officiated” by a rabbi who choked up because he’d never presided over such a “wedding”?

  • Technology

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    The Dot-Vegas gods want you to think their crappy real estate is the next Fifth Avenue. ... It’s not Fifth Avenue. It’s Siberia.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    "And right about now, the idea that casinos equal employment is in question in a way it hasn’t been for decades."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    TV gets Vegas right: The drama incorporates the city's late computer convention COMDEX into its storyline.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    MGM's Gold Strike casino in Tunica, Miss., recently opened a nonsmoking area.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    "Here’s the dirty little secret about Uber: There is no dirty little secret."

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Seriously, the 2 next to the 5? This is Las Vegas!

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    At 29, Vanessa Selbst is already 22nd in tournament history with $10.5 million in prize winnings. That includes three World Series of Poker tournaments, including one last month in which she took home more than ...

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    The stamp launches this week.

  • Dining

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    He walked away from Steve Wynn. And a lot of money.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

    Both are pioneering companies on the subject of gay rights, and together they own six casinos in the southern state.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Ordinarily, it wouldn’t be worth noting that, over lunch one Saturday, I ran into yet another standard-issue anti-Las Vegas screed by yet another holier-than-thou visitor rolling out all the usual clichés and tropes.

  • UNLV

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Columnist Steve Friess discusses student-athlete unions, UNLV's heyday and more with the former Runnin' Rebel.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    Sure, we have the low taxes and low regulation sales pitch for companies looking to move. But what about an educated workforce?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Steve Friess comes across a Sin City-themed greasy spoon in Motown.

  • Culture

    Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

    “In order for this lifestyle and the things we do to be seen and understood, people need to have that opportunity to do this."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

    Vegas won't be anywhere on your TV screen this Super Sunday, but everyone at the Big Game with a smartphone will have access to New Jersey's online gambling.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Steve Friess sends a postcard from the cold.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

    The musician recently released a new iteration, "Hannukah in Las Vegas."

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

    Much of what gave Spider-Man a bad name in New York would be far less likely to occur in Vegas.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

    The idea of hosting the GOP convention was once laughed at.

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

    The Mouse House will no longer allow Marvel and Star Wars characters and themes to be used for slot machines.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

    To some senators in Washington, the casino business is still only modestly removed from the nefarious underworld.

  • Features

    Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

    The duo's show ceased to exist in an instant, and with it an entire genre of Las Vegas entertainment was replaced.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

    Ever wonder why legal same-sex marriage matters? Meet "The Olds," a longtime Las Vegas gay couple.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

    "I never stopped thinking about Las Vegas and its singular place in America and international lore."

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    After being publicly fired, Erich Bergen landed the same role—in the upcoming film adaptation.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    "The chance to become iconic and central on this is gone."

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    Kenny Kerr’s performances actually changed the world.

  • Features

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

    Last month, mayors from more than 100 cities pledged support to marriage equality. Not Carolyn.

  • LV Weekly

    Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

    Longtime 'Weekly' wordsmith Steve Friess says goodbye to "the most honest place in the world."

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

    Departing Strip Sense columnist Steve Friess revisits highlights from his four years

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

    Steve Friess defends Barney.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

    The Northern Nevada county knows how to manage its money. Find out how here.

  • The Strip

    Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

    The adventure began, appropriately enough, with a broken elevator.

  • The Plaza

    Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011

    It is difficult to recall a hotel-casino redevelopment in modern Las Vegas history that has received as much hype as the $35 million job taking place at 1 South Main Street.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011

    The actual news in there is that Weight Watchers is finally highlighting the importance of weight loss for men.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    “The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine."

  • MGM Mirage

    Wednesday, July 20, 2011

    The flames devoured the roof at such a dramatic pace that the Monte Carlo seemed doomed.