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Ric Anderson

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As a reporter for 20-plus years, Ric covered beats ranging from police and courts to major-college sports. He came to Greenspun Media Group from Kansas in 2011, first serving as the business editor and then managing editor before taking over editorial and advocacy operations for the Las Vegas Sun and The Sunday. He is a runner and a motorcyclist.

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Analysis: Was threat against UNLV part of a power play by regents?
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Recently, it was revealed that Nevada Regent Kevin Page threatened UNLV officials with retaliation in 2015 if they didn't give special treatment to one of his relatives who was a student at the time. Now, the campus community wonders if the threat led to ...
Often overlooked elsewhere, middle-class students are being served well at UNLV
Monday, July 15, 2019
In the effort to strengthen the American middle class, it would seem obvious to ensure that the educational needs of middle-class students are being met. Yet, those students often ...
Superintendent talks about why dean positions need to be cut and where to go from here
Clark County School District Superintendent talks about why dean positions need to be cut and where to go from here
Sunday, June 16, 2019
On Friday, Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara sat down with the Sun for an interview about the legislative session, the developments of these past two weeks and what comes next for the fifth largest district in the country.
Analysis: Venomous politics once again surround ESAs in Nevada
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Nevada’s Education Savings Accounts were born and reared amid heated political rancor, and on Monday it appeared the controversial voucher-type program was ...
Through their daughter’s dying wish, couple hopes to save kids’ lives
Sunday, May 12, 2019
In their mourning, and in honor their daughter’s memory, David and Jackie Siegel have become advocates in the fight against America’s drug epidemic. Among their activities, they’ve participated in events like …
Solutions, not political blame, are focus of anti-Semitism event organized by Harry Reid
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said he was prompted into action after seeing reports of anti-Semitic hate crimes and incidents spread across the nation and into Nevada …
China’s regulations of fentanyl are one small step in a global problem
Friday, April 5, 2019
When China announced this week that it would tighten regulation on the production of fentanyl, it was cause for some relief. Chinese pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers are the source of much of the illicit supply of the powerful opioid in the U.S., where it is causing tens of thousands of deaths annually. So reining them in would no doubt help address what’s become a public health crisis in America. But as experts were quick to point out, it could easily …
Brookings expert discusses Yucca Mountain, border wall funding and more
Saturday, March 16, 2019
The Brookings Institution’s John Hudak has been a frequent visitor to Las Vegas in recent years, teaching classes at UNLV and giving community presentations both on campus and in special events such as the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual Preview expo.

Q+A: Sisolak discusses plan to boost education, fight back on plutonium shipments and help immigrants
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019
Reducing class sizes in public schools, giving teachers a raise and expanding career and technical education opportunities for Nevada students are key goals for Gov. Steve Sisolak ...
Q+A: Will AG Ford take more action against Trump? 'Short answer is yes'
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford says he has a simple test to determine whether the state should either instigate or join legal action against the Trump administration ...
State Democrats' 'to-do' list will spur big changes. But how big?
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
In past sessions of the Nevada Legislature, the Democrats’ “Nevada Blueprint” could have been described as a wish list. Not this year. With Democrats in control of the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature, the blueprint — a collection of the party’s goals and ...
Teacher, student emotional well-being should be at heart of school security talks
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019
Andre M. Perry has examined school safety not only as a Brookings Institution researcher but as a professor, dean, journalist, activist and …
Analysis: Regents’ vote on UNLV president search raises concern of chilling effect
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019
The Nevada Board of Regents today launched a national search for the next UNLV president and gave acting president Marta Meana special permission to be a candidate. But in opening the door to Meana, did the regents just undercut ...
Brookings expert: Light rail would be an antidote to sprawl, LA-like commutes
Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
For Southern Nevada residents who may be on the fence about whether to support development of light rail, the Brookings Institution’s Adie Tomer offered some compelling food for thought during a visit to UNLV …
Mayor: NLV thriving, 2 new wings on way to Nellis
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee’s annual State of the City address on Tuesday included many of the usual elements of such a speech — a rundown of private and public ...
Another bubble? Experts assess housing market and more
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
Business people from across the Las Vegas valley gathered at UNLV today to see a snapshot of the Southern Nevada economy and hear experts offer outlooks on the region’s future. The Las Vegas ...
Analysis: What got the biggest cheer at Sisolak’s inauguration?
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
On a cold day here in Nevada’s capital, Steve Sisolak gave a speech heavy on warm thoughts as he was sworn in as the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years. In what amounted to a touchdown celebration for Nevada Democrats after winning control of ...
5 things to know about Mecum's second Las Vegas car auction
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
Local residents who’d like to get beyond their TV screen and into the immersive experience can do so this week when Mecum holds its second car sale in Las Vegas ...
Cruisin’ for cars: Auto enthusiasts abound across the Las Vegas Valley
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
Spend enough time on the streets today, and you’ll see some of the most impressive cars prowling in any city.
Energized Latino, young voters bode well for Democrats long-term
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
The picture of three generations of a family of Latino voters gathering at the mall site was a small snapshot of the national election, but it could be a glimpse of the shape of things to come ...
Organizers in Las Vegas hope success mobilizing young voters will carry over to Election Day
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Since the start of the year, NextGen staff members and volunteers have been working on campuses to encourage students in Nevada to vote. In addition, the organization has reached more than 300,000 voters through …
Analysis: Expert cautions against current plan for UNLV med school
Monday, Oct. 15, 2018
A two-phase plan to build out the UNLV Medical School was created as a way to move the school forward, but it could become a major setback that turns off donors and results in ...
In bid for younger customers, motorcycle makers modify their offerings
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
The motorcycle industry’s sales are sagging as its core customers are aging out and younger generations aren’t replacing them. To reverse the slide, the industry is creating new products and changing ...
Energy expert: ‘When people can make money fixing a problem ... the problem gets fixed’
Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
When Samantha Gross visited UNLV in 2018, President Donald Trump had just announced that he planned to rescind the Clean Power Plan. Fast-forward a year, and Gross was back in Las Vegas on the day when António Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, told global leaders that the world had less than two years to avoid “runaway climate change.”

Expert: Nobody’s winning on tariffs
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Geoffrey Gertz, a University of Oxford graduate whose policy work has been featured in such publications as The Washington Post and Vox, sat down with the Sun to discuss tariffs, the North American Free Trade Agreement and other issues related to …
Uncle Sam needs you, young Americans
Scholar urges students not to reject government service as career option
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Amanda Sloat calls herself a poster child for studying abroad, as a trip to the United Kingdom during college set her on a path to a rewarding career in …
Q+A: Chancellor discusses UNLV president search, med school's future and more
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018
When will UNLV start looking for a new president? Will Gov. Brian Sandoval be the university's next leader? Those were among the issues Chancellor Thom Reilly discussed ...
Little-regarded war continues to matter, 170 years after conflict
Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Imagine if the U.S. invaded a country, conquered it after a savage conflict and gained about half of that nation’s territory in the treaty that …
Loss of donations over Jessup ordeal looms over UNLV med school future
Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
For all of the new plan’s support, it hasn’t fixed a major part of what’s broken about the medical school — the loss of millions of dollars in gifts from major donors ...
Meana ready to put her twist on presidency, and UNLV
Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Marta Meana interviewed at a number of universities in the mid-1990s, but none was quite like UNLV. “There was something about the energy and drive that I felt here — this feeling that anything is possible in this town and at this university,” Meana said. “Compared to some of the East Coast universities where the turf is already defined, this place felt ...
Las Vegas group on a mission to fight poverty, keep kids in school
Sunday, July 22, 2018
For many children in Las Vegas, the recession isn’t over. Not even close. Some are homeless, some will have their only meals at school, some are the primary caregivers for …
Analysis: Laxalt a focus of criticism at March for Our Lives event
Monday, July 16, 2018
If the March for Our Lives message resonates in Nevada this fall, the state’s failure to implement universal background checks on gun purchases could cost Adam Laxalt dearly ...
Powerhouse UNLV debate program is a guiding light for political discourse
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Jacob Thompson has transformed UNLV from a startup to a top 10 program that competes against — and has defeated — heavyweights like Harvard ...
Channeling Evel: Can Travis Pastrana successfully soar over the Caesars Palace fountains?
Thursday, July 5, 2018
He’ll also replicate two of Knievel’s other jumps. In one night. On a throwback bike.
Jessup urges UNLV supporters to keep rallying for the university
Friday, June 29, 2018
Len Jessup says his lasting memories from UNLV include a number of big-splash moments, such as celebrations of fundraising and enrollment milestones as well as the opening of the university’s medical school. But things that happened far more quietly were just as ...
Trump protest shows political engagement is on the rise in Las Vegas
Saturday, June 23, 2018
When Donald Trump got elected, Sandy Huggard got off the sidelines. The lifelong Las Vegas resident, who was among several hundred people who protested Trump’s visit to the city today, said she had stepped away from political activism in recent years but became re-engaged in outrage over ...
After bruising race, Sisolak emerges to confront a well-rested foe
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The votes have been counted and the results posted, so the primary battle between Steve Sisolak and Chris Giunchigliani is technically over. But it’s not history. It could be felt all the way to November ...
TEDx event at UNLV aims at opening eyes, minds
Monday, June 11, 2018
It’s repeated so often that it goes largely unchallenged: In economically disadvantaged communities, young people are at extreme risk of drug usage, gang activity, violent crime and unplanned pregnancies ...
Can judge force Sandoval into action on gun background checks?
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
A lawsuit over Nevada’s 2016 ballot question on expanded background checks for firearms purchases boiled down to a central question Tuesday during a hearing on motions related to the case. Can a judge put words in a governor’s mouth? An attorney representing Nevadans for Background Checks told ...
Why Heller’s response to school safety question was meaningful
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Sen. Dean Heller needs to appeal to NRA supporters to increase his chances of winning the June 12 primary, but he runs a risk in going too far. Should he win the primary, he must ...
Meet the political unknown running unopposed
Friday, May 25, 2018
He’s a newcomer to politics, and his academic experience in higher education is limited to a nine-week photojournalism program at Syracuse University, for which he earned …
Don't worry, there's time left to register for the June 12 primary. Here's how
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Although Tuesday was the final day of standard registration to vote in the June 12 primary election, voters shouldn’t despair. There are still plenty of chances to register ...
Q+A: UNLV med school dean grateful for outpouring of support
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The turmoil surrounding UNLV President Len Jessup in recent weeks spilled directly into the university’s School of Medicine, where Dean Barbara Atkinson found herself facing uncertainty over whether she would be ...
Analysis: UNLV supporters on high alert toward NSHE, regents
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
At last Tuesday’s meeting of the UNLV Foundation, members were told that Chancellor Thom Reilly was encouraging them to speak with him about the future of ...
Sun readers write in droves: Say no to Yucca
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Not here. Not now. Not ever. That was the loud-and-clear message from more than 100 Sun readers who responded to a recent invitation to …
Analysis: Why UNLV faculty and staff are frustrated with state leaders
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The tone was civil and the exchanges were polite, but the crowd’s questions and comments carried an underlying message of concern about the state officials’ leadership ...
Brookings expert: Congress should tackle climate policy
Monday, April 30, 2018
For Adele Morris, the Obama administration’s actions on climate change were a concern. It wasn’t that Morris opposed the intent of the administration’s moves — cutting emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing use of fossil fuels and so on. It was the way …
Analysis: Stirrings on Yucca Mountain bring out foes
Friday, April 27, 2018
Alarmed by what they feared was movement toward easing Nevada lawmakers’ long-standing opposition to the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository ...
UNLV medical students: ‘If we lose, nobody in the state wins’
Friday, April 20, 2018
Five UNLV medical students discuss what’s happening at the school, how it’s affecting them and how they feel about the situation that led to President Len Jessup ...
Q&A: Expert describes why Congress is ‘broken’
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
As shown by dismal approval ratings — an anemic 15 percent in the most recent Gallup poll — Americans have a low opinion of Congress. That disdain is justified, says Molly Reynolds. Reynolds, a Brookings Institution expert on ...