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Camalot Todd

Camalot Todd, a graduate of the UNLV Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, covers nonprofits, social justice, diversity and demographics. She started at the company in 2016 as an intern, collecting data for election coverage. In her free time, she likes to bake gluten-free goodies, and rescue bunnies.

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Classical musician Alexandria Le lends talents to Nevada’s Big Give
Sunday, March 17, 2019
On Thursday, award-winning classical musician Alexandria Le will sit at the keys of two pianos for a series of free performances — one in the back of a red pickup truck and the other at Mario Basner’s World Heritage Collection at Tivoli Village ...
Campus visit helps local Hispanic students get preview of UNLV
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Shaelyn Eguchi-Fernandez is one of eight children in her family. The 16-year-old Las Vegas High junior plans to be the first to attend college ...
Blind UNLV student, guided by a trusted furry friend, thrives at school and life
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Rebecca Dunfield hurries out of the rain and rushes to her afternoon classes with her piping-hot peppermint tea in hand. It’s a similar scenario for other UNLV students. Unlike her peers, Dunfield has a guide dog, a silver poodle named Cindi who helps her navigate campus ...
Local middle school gets creative to fund performing arts programs
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
From circus performers fluttering through the air to folklorico dancers twirling in time to mariachi music, students at Knudson Middle School on Monday showcased skills they've learned on campus as a means to help pay for specialized programs ...
As bone-marrow donor, Las Vegas woman answers call to save a life
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
About five years ago, Las Vegan Tiffany Gordon decided to become a bone-marrow donor. Her decision to volunteer her DNA to a bone-marrow registry to help those battling blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, was inspired by ...
Identifying the remains of the unknown
UNLV’s Dr. Timothy Gocha helps bring closure to families of missing migrants
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
In the U.S., there’s 4,400 unidentified bodies recovered and logged annually, according to National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Of those, 1,000 stay nameless after a year and small counties near the border account for a large portion of those.
Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monolgues" makes a V-Day appearance at The Space
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019
The Vagina Monologues hasn't been performed in Vegas in two years ... and we need it now more than ever.
How to help those suffering from PTSD
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
During a traumatic event, it’s normal to feel stress and fear. It’s often what saves our lives and is the body’s natural fight-or-flight mechanism, helping us defend against or avoid danger. But if elements of that fight-or-flight reaction continue after the traumatic event, or if you’re replaying it on a loop after months have passed, it could signal the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder and a need for treatment.
How to find the right therapist for you
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
About a fifth of U.S. adults struggle with mental illness, but only 41 percent of that group received services in the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Beating burnout: How everyone can benefit from balance in their life
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
First and foremost, self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. It’s the reflection of what makes you—regardless of your generation—feel better and recharged after a rough day, week, month or decade. Below are some tips and tricks to help you figure out what refills your cup.
Event improves access to school for students with learning differences
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019
New Horizons transformed their view of what education could look like. The private, nonprofit school helps accommodate students' unique needs with education plans designed to overcome their individual struggles. However, the cost of attending ...
Commission releases data to highlight the state of minorities in Nevada
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
Infant mortality rates are nearly double for African-Americans in Nevada compared with other ethnicities in the state. One-third of Native American children are part of families that live below the federal poverty level. One-fifth of Hispanics in the state are without health insurance. A quarter of Pacific Islanders are homeowners, compared with 65 percent of whites.

Medic who assisted victims during Oct. 1 shooting still helping others
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019
The slow and easy night turned into tragedy, one that forever changed the lives of so many people in our city. For Monterrosa, Oct. 1 helped cement his desire to pursue medicine ...
Shore up your financial literacy
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019
Two-thirds of Americans can't pass a basic financial literacy test, according to a study of 80,000 people by FINRA Investor Education Foundation. That means the majority do not have the knowledge needed to make smart financial decisions, potentially costing them thousands of dollars over a lifetime in missed investment opportunities, debt, poor saving habits and more.
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children offers hope to vulnerable youth in the area
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Through its offerings, the nonprofit serves approximately 500 individuals a year, from newborns to those 25 years of age, and contracts with the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and Clark County Department of Family Services.
Super Bowl winner Brandon Marshall helps North Las Vegas families
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Families filled the seats in the council chambers at North Las Vegas City Hall on Thursday, waiting for the Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall to greet ...
Thanks to nonprofit organization, parents of deaf children in Nevada are not alone
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019
Nevada Hands & Voices helps families access resources and become part of a community.
Photos: Maya Cinemas, the vision of activist Moctesuma Esparza, opens in North Las Vegas
Friday, Jan. 11, 2019
Mariachi music flooded the air, members of the dance team Xochipilli Danza Azteca Las Vegas stood by ready to perform and Las Vegas Paiute Tribe officials blessed the grounds as part of a ...
Las Vegas groups join challenge aimed at limiting homeless youth
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
The groups aim to prevent 50 system-involved youth from entering homelessness and house 100 youth experiencing homelessness under 25 years old with new or innovative housing solutions ...
How to build healthy habits in the New Year
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018
At the end of each year, the clock strikes midnight, welcoming a brand new beginning. And perhaps it’s the Champagne, or the fireworks illuminating Las Vegas Boulevard, but this year, you’re determined to make your resolutions stick.
Las Vegas' libraries offer more than books
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018
For some people, libraries contain magic. There’s the smell of musty paper, the sight of waves of shelves lined with books, and the warmth of quiet nooks tucked beneath windows. For others, libraries can be a scary place.
Las Vegas chocolatier is living the sweet life, breaking molds and ceilings
Friday, Dec. 21, 2018
Melissa Coppel’s chocolate bonbons emulate the planets of the solar system. Each delicate creation swirls with vibrant colors—forest greens and ocean blues that rival the beauty of Earth, oranges and pinks reminiscent of a desert sunset.
Henderson principal surprised with Milken Educator Award
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018
On a crisp, Wednesday afternoon at Pinecrest Academy Horizon, students sat cross-legged on the gymnasium floor waiting for an assembly to start that would highlight their achievement as the state’s top charter school by the ...
UNLV grad overcomes acute adversity, highlights winter commencement
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018
On Tuesday evening, a sea of red graduation gowns flooded the Thomas & Mack Center for UNLV’s the 55th Winter Commencement ...
Want to be a more ethical consumer? Consider these things
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018
Ethical consumerism is rooted in the premise that consumers not only buy the products, but also the process used to produce it. It’s also called dollar voting—every dollar spent casts a vote affecting local and global issues.
How to give back during the holidays
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Between gift shopping, holiday parties, decorating, baking and event planning, it’s easy to get wrapped up in your own world during the season of giving. Despite the rush, it’s still important to make time to contribute to the community, and there are plenty of ways to do so without overtaking your schedule.
Annual toy event brings joy to hundreds of Las Vegas children
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Below the casino floor of the Silver Nugget on Friday morning was a scene that could rival Santa Claus’ workshop: Neat rows of red tricycles, toys and stocking-stuffers filled the event center as holiday carols crooned ...
Activism meets entertainment in North Las Vegas
The theater chain birthed from a rich history of Mexican-American advocacy is set to open
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
In March 1968, thousands of Mexican-American students flooded the streets of Los Angeles, protesting the subpar public education system that persisted in their classrooms. The outcry became known as the East L.A. walkouts, which made their way into national headlines and helped launch the Chicano movement of the ’60s, an equality endeavor for Mexican-Americans.

There’s a possible shortage of OB-GYN doctors in Las Vegas’ future
Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Las Vegas has the highest risk of suffering a shortage of doctors in obstetrics and gynecology, according to a 2018 workforce study by Doximity, the largest medical social network in the U.S. The study ranked Las Vegas No. 1 among ...
Students speak: Views from the Sun Youth Forum
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
High school students from the Las Vegas area participated in the 62nd annual Sun Youth Forum on Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, discussing current affairs and ...
Experts discuss student security at conference in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018
Stephen Sroka, a professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, spoke at the National Student Safety and Security Conference and Workshop on Wednesday in Las Vegas about school violence ...
Stop illegal dumping in Nevada
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018
Complaints of furniture, yard or landscape waste, tires, batteries and more increased by 28 percent in Clark County in 2017.
Philanthropist recalls his roots ahead of Gobble Gobble Give event in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
The cellphone service is bad when Barry Walker, founder of Gobble Gobble Give, answers. The California wildfires burned their way to his Malibu neighborhood, where the cell reception is poor at best ...
At annual event to lift the homeless, a free haircut can make all the difference
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
On any given night there are 6,083 homeless people in Southern Nevada. That includes 1,295 unaccompanied homeless youth, 505 chronically homeless and 106 homeless families with children, according to the Southern Nevada Homeless Census and Survey ...
Agencies are tackling backlogs by deploying artificial intelligence
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
Public agencies such as the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation are utilizing artificial intelligence program SARA to address unemployment in the Las Vegas Valley.

UNLV discussion takes on impact of porn on intimacy
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018
CARP Las Vegas, a religious nonprofit organization, hosted its third-annual campus talk at UNLV in early November to help students navigate questions about sexual intimacy through a more traditional, conservative lens ...
Government auction will feature items from county surplus
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Clark County will host the largest and last government surplus auction for 2018 on November 17 at 8 a.m.
Nevada receives funding to combat opioid fallout
Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
Child welfare systems across the nation experienced a surge of children removed from their parents’ care in the wake of the opioid crisis.
Free pet adoptions this weekend in Las Vegas
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
Maddie’s Pet Project in Nevada will host free pet adoptions in the Las Vegas area Friday and Saturday from multiple shelters and animal-rescue groups in the valley ...
Playtime is crucial for children and adults
Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
Play is an inherent part of life. Puppies play. Cats play. Polar bears play. Lions, monkeys, birds, elephants, otters and people play. From the time a child is born and throughout adulthood, the power of play is crucial for healthy development.
Lady Rebels’ Paris Strawther dedicates every game to mom’s memory
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
Around Paris Strawther’s neck, tucked into her shirt, is a delicate cross dangling from a thin, gold chain. It belonged to her mother, Lourdes, more often referred to by her nickname, Cookie, who ...
Iranian immigrant draws on diverse life experience to care for Las Vegas patients
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018
Mark Ferdowsian’s hands tell the story of his life.  They’ve swum the scalding waters of a restaurant’s dishwater at age 15, they’ve felt oil splatter against them as a fry cook, they’ve held his newborn children, flipped pages of thick medical textbooks, tended to wounds in an emergency room, and provided medical care to those who ...
Ballot Question 1: Marsy’s Law asks voters to expand crime victims’ rights
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
The measure has already passed twice in the Legislature and will become law if approved by voters in November, replacing the current victims’ rights guidelines in the Nevada Constitution with a more explicit list of rights.

Halloween haunts for the family in Southern Nevada
Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
The anticipation of Halloween is almost as thrilling as an '80s horror film marathon. Adults deliberate over their costumes with childlike enthusiasm, teens trot to haunted houses for a scare and children plot their routes to maximize their candy bounty. If you’re looking to celebrate all things scary but ...
Connecting tea lovers directly to farmers around the globe
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
Elyse Petersen, the founder of Tealet, began her career as a food scientist and eventually found herself working at a green tea plant in Japan. After realizing the origins of many tea powders can’t be traced and that farmers struggle to compete with large corporations that sell tea for less than it costs to grow, Petersen decided to create a transparent wholesale market that bridges the gap between small farmers and tea lovers worldwide.
School lunch tips for meal-prepping parents
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
When most adults reminisce about their school lunches, it’s usually memories of smashed PB&J sandwiches from a brown paper bag or school meals filled with mystery meats. But Peter Gilhooly, chef and father of a 7-year-old daughter, is challenging those notions with his team of more than 100 chefs.
Award-winning documentary to be showcased at CSN event
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Billy Ward flew to South Africa to film American veterans protecting rhinos from poachers and then edited the 30 hours of video into a 14-minute documentary for a class at the College of Southern Nevada ...
Help a local child affected by cancer at Ballsfest
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
After surviving testicular cancer, Frank DeBlasi founded the nonprofit, Ballsfest to provide children, young adults and families affected by cancer with uplifting experiences.
Las Vegas teen starts nonprofit group for art supplies
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
When Salomee Levy learned that her school's art teacher often had to purchase supplies for the classroom, the teenager got to work on a solution.
Elementary school merges symbol of healing with anti-bullying message
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
More than 1,000 paper cranes billowed in the October wind at the Paul E. Culley Elementary School garden in Las Vegas. Students sprawled across the courtyard clapping to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” during Thursday’s event to encourage a safe and respectful learning environment ...

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