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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, 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.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Find out what keeps this super "phan" coming back time and time again!

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Weekly columnist Steve Friess looks into WSOP's new rival: Epic Poker League.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Like most gay Americans not on the happy streets of Greenwich Village on Friday as the New York Senate deliberated whether to make my home state the largest and coolest state to recognize same-sex marriages, I sat with one eye glued to cable news coverage and the other avidly scanning the web.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Steve Friess will soon embark on a new adventure with the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    The Carson City building makes no mention of a few key state facts.

  • Education

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    Forget watering down the test; this bill waters down the whole diploma.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    To hear the 45-year-old singing ventriloquist tell it, until quite recently he was a dummy.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    I’m not sure why it took so long to figure out how interminably badly this had all gone.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    It would have been just so easy to take the ungodly fistfuls of money at first offer and run.

  • CSN

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    A CSN instructor may be going over the line with his insensitive, sometimes racial, comments.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Pity the poor souls trying to make that Trump International Hotel

  • Gaming

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Are gaming venues in the city really doing as much as they can to help gambling addiction?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    The Tillerman recently closed its doors - and without much ado about it.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    This was supposed to turn out differently.

  • Stratosphere

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    “Nobody likes to look out and see abandoned buildings and empty plots of land"

  • Tropicana

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Until last week, the Tropicana’s new management had been firing on all cylinders.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Criss Angel's show: a dramatic improvement?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011

    “Do you want to see one?” Arthur Nelson asked with a raised eyebrow.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Back when concrete plans were coming together for the construction of a $43 million mob museum in Downtown Las Vegas, I was a vocal media cheerleader.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011

    Up until now, most of us assumed the folks operating the troubled, bankrupt Las Vegas Monorail were doing their best amid so many challenges.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

    Sierra Boggess wouldn’t be where she is today without it.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

    Where most have left the Colosseum with a shrug, Celine left with hugs

  • celebs

    Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

    This city has always been known as the place where washed-up crooners go to die.

  • People

    Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

    The day before Christmas, Shae Wilhite’s email box started filling up with some unusual messages.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011

    @24k and @VegasBill are a very familiar Vegas breed, the sort of freeloaders who make it more difficult for real media vanguards to be taken seriously by either publicists or the public.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

    Jean Bartel was crowned before the pageant began being televised, before Miss America was a pop icon.

  • Print

    Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011

    I hate reading books by local authors I know. If I dislike them, I want to say so and that gets awkward. So I try not to.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

    After a month of awful accidents at the new Spider-Man show in New York, maybe Broadway should consider taking a few hints from the Boulevard.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010

    As we made our way past the tri-level chandelier that is the signature of Vegas’ newest playground, two grouches provided decidedly different reactions.

  • Wynn Las Vegas

    Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010

    The resort boom is over. What are Las Vegas construction tycoons to do now?

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

    Warren Buffett gets in Elaine Wynn’s ear every so often about this little project he and Bill Gates want her to consider.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010

    This weekend begins an open-ended, six-nights-a-week production called Sinatra Dance With Me at Wynn Las Vegas, a modern dance revue set to recorded tunes by the original Rat Packer.

  • The Strip

    Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

    Here we go, heading once again into yet another December casino-resort opening on the Strip.

  • Dining

    Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

    Now seating ego, party of three

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

    The more I think about it, the more I worry.

  • CityCenter

    Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

    MGM Resorts brass made many pre-opening claims about CityCenter that were, in retrospect, ridiculous.

  • Poker

    Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

    Now that those thrilling elections are behind us, who’s ready for some poker?

  • Politics

    Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

    She answers pretty much any question, however politically imprudent.

  • People

    Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010

    Bob Forbuss is known for remaining cool and steady in virtually any situation.

  • celebs

    Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

    Normally, ex-managers are pretty good for the inside scoop on what stars and celebrities are really like—but what about Chip Lightman?

  • Theatre

    Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010

    That’s right, someone in the theater, a place we all believe to be a haven for all sorts of societal misfits and outcasts, felt it was appropriate to angrily deploy the nuclear bomb gay word, “faggot,” and to attack a man’s gender identity.

  • Stratosphere

    Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010

    Meet Ruby Malalay - former rides operator, Big Shot enthusiast and cameo star on the Travel Channel.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010

    How does it feel to lose? Turns out, not so good.

  • As We See It

    Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

    Monorail signage is woefully confusing.