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Political columnist Jon Ralston leaves Sun after 12 years

Publisher Brian Greenspun: ‘We wish him nothing but success’


Leila Navidi

Jon Ralston moderates during a debate among the Republican U.S. Senate candidates on “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” at the KVBC studios in Las Vegas Tuesday, May 18, 2010.

Columnist Jon Ralston, Nevada's leading political commentator, is leaving the Las Vegas Sun after 12 years to create his own Internet-based commentary platform, Ralston and Sun Publisher Brian Greenspun announced today.

Ralston, whose provocative, three-times-a-week political columns have spared no one in Nevada politics, will leave the Sun on Aug. 31.

The Sun will continue to sponsor Ralston's nightly public affairs show "Face to Face With Jon Ralston," which airs on on KSNV Channel 3, Greenspun said.

"The Sun and Ralston combined to build a significant brand in political commentary that is unsurpassed in Nevada," Greenspun said. "After a dozen years, it is time for Jon to take that brand and strike out on his own.

"We thank him for his years of dedicated service to the Sun and we wish him nothing but success," Greenspun said.

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  1. It is a bold move, like starting one's own newspaper, but the message should not necessarily be the medium, and having the luxury of leaving the organizing to an established media outlet has its advantages. It could be easy to get lost on the Internet, in a forest of blogs. Will people, even those who follow Jon, go looking for his site?

  2. I wish you success, Mr. Ralston, but sorry to see you leaving the Sun.

  3. Good Luck Mr. Ralston!

    Will continue to follow you to see what you can dig up.

  4. Jon has the ability and experience to do good in journalism. Now if he could treat "guests" like humans, he could really make some moves.

  5. Mr. Ralston,
    I wish you all the best in your new endeavor. You will be missed. Very sorry to hear that you are leaving the Sun.

    Wishing you lots of success in your new journey!

  6. it was a good 12 year run Jon

  7. Comment removed by moderator. Personal Attack

  8. Good luck, Jon!

  9. I wish Jon Ralston and Dana Gentry nothing but the best! Please do let us all know where we can find you next - and my sincere thanks for doing so many stories on our troops, military families and veterans your professional journalism is greatly appreciated - GOOD LUCK!

  10. FYI, Mr. Jon Ralston has not only "INCREASE" channel 3's Nielson Ratings as Southern Nevada's number one (1) watched news station, but took no prisoners concerning commentating on Political Views.

    Personally, he's a beast and will make it anywhere. For those who have been here long enough over ten (10) to twenty (20) years we all know Las Vegas is its own entity. If you can make it here, you can excel anyplace in the U.S. / World.

    Upon reading article & specifically the part where he'll strike out on his own!!! Again, I can't tell the future & don't care too, but he'll make his mark and go above & beyond what he has done for the Las Vegas Sun & Channel 3 News.

    Jon, continue to do your thing and everything will work out for the best. If you need anything, contact me.

    God Bless, Gil

  11. For well over a decade, in both Northern and Southern Nevada, I have made it a practice to follow Jon Ralston. Over the years, he has done an outstanding job providing the best political media coverage here in Nevada.

    Certainly, we have not heard the last of Jon Ralston. Besides what he provides on television, he also Tweets, and Facebooks. So for all his faithful followers, all is NOT lost! We still have our trusted media advocate whose truthful political coverage helps clear the air and maybe sways some of our opinions, will carry on.

    Wishing you only the best, Jon.

    Blessings and Peace,

  12. To Jon Ralston,
    Over the years you and I have had our differences but it has always remained professional, I sincerely wish you well. If you are going into the internet commentary business, I know somebody that could keep you remembered and popular (all with a free hand), and help him too in the process while you make that transition. If interested please email me and we could discuss further. Just an old cop reflecting,

    Gordon Martines..........(

  13. Sorry to be the blemish on otherwise glowing
    comments. I'm glad you'll not be writing for the Sun anymore. However, sorry to see you'll still be on the tube for the Sun. They changed the schedule around to accommodate JR & moved Jeopardy & Wheel around. Boo! I suggest that the Sun find a real progressive if that's what JR was supposed to be & stop ragging on Harry Reid! There aren't many Libs around LV anymore but perhaps Doug Basham could be persuaded to fill in! I bet the Progressives on other airwaves would like him

  14. Before, the Review Journal, then the Las Vegas Sun. Now probable obscurity on the Internet. I think he left the Sun because of the obscurity of print journalism in Las Vegas. A city of close to 2 million citizens deserves more than the out of state owned, right wing Review Journal. I quit pouring money into their stupid right wing paper after having enough of their idiotic stance on political candidates; remember Sharron Angle? Vegas deserves better than right wing extremist editorial stances on today's world. If I wanted to read BS Arkansas based "libertarian" screeds on a daily basis, I couldn't find a better platform than the Review Journal. Readership is in the toilet for the RJ, and, as Harry Reid once commented, "I hope you go out of business". Couldn't agree more. Until there is a journalistic counterpoint to the RJ's libertarian/right wing editorial policy, I lament the newspaper business in southern Nevada. I subscribed to the Sun print edition for a long time. Then they became an insert with the RJ. I finally quit subscribing, and turned to the internet. Good Luck, Jon. Hope you succeed.