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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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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Nevada State College president: ‘We’re not just changing lives, we’re changing family trees’
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Fifteen years ago this spring, Nevada State College consisted of three classrooms, a library and 177-member student body in a converted …
Building a better education in the post-recession world
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
While job prospects have improved for many Americans since the recession, Martha Ross says the recovery hasn’t been so kind to those who …
It's official: Jessup resigning as president at UNLV, taking job in California
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Citing what he described as “unfounded and unjustified” attacks by members of the Nevada Board of Regents and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, UNLV President Len Jessup announced today that he was reluctantly ...
UNLV’s Jessup said to be leaving for prestigious California college
Thursday, March 29, 2018
UNLV President Len Jessup is rumored to have accepted a job at Claremont Graduate University in California, and sources told the Sun an announcement may be coming in the next 24 hours that he’s leaving Las Vegas. It’s unclear what position Jessup has taken, but the rumors came less than two weeks after he announced to to the campus community that he had begun looking for opportunities elsewhere. Jessup made that announcement amid ...
Amodei, the teen and the F-word: Answers to 5 burning questions
Thursday, March 29, 2018
In the days it was first reported that U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei's office reported a Reno high school student who used coarse language in a phone call, more details have become clear ...
Analysis: Advocates look to 2018 midterms to restore, protect ACA
Monday, March 26, 2018
With a voice that was nearly taken from him by a rare form of cancer in his larynx, Joe Merlino makes a powerful argument in favor of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion ...
Analysis: Chancellor’s announcement appears to ease pressure on UNLV's Jessup
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Days after it was revealed that a faction within the Board of Regents was pressuring UNLV President Len Jessup to leave the university, the third-year president appeared to ...
Q+A: Why this Brookings expert took the VA to task over medical marijuana
Monday, March 19, 2018
The title of John Hudak’s January report examining the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ response to a congressional inquiry on medical marijuana pulls no punches. “When the VA lies to Congress about medical marijuana, it lies to our wounded warriors” ...
Analysis: Jessup shouldn’t be targeted for contract, supporters say
Thursday, March 15, 2018
An agreement signed by UNLV President Len Jessup for the university to receive a $14 million gift for its medical school has become ammunition in a behind-the-scenes attempt ...
Analysis: Funds, talent could bleed away from med school if Jessup departs UNLV
Thursday, March 15, 2018
UNLV’s medical school could suffer major losses in funding and talent if UNLV President Len Jessup leaves Las Vegas. Barbara Atkinson, the dean of the medical school, said the disruption in leadership threatened to halt progress in ...
Analysis: Concerns over regents’ leadership put UNLV medical school funding in doubt
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Funding for UNLV’s medical school building may be collapsing as two megadonors, citing concerns over the Nevada Board of Regents’ leadership, have rescinded or begun reconsidering gifts totaling $39 million. Future gifts also ...
Analysis: Jessup’s uncertain future at UNLV alarms supporters
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
UNLV President Len Jessup and Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly have been in discussions over the past several weeks about Jessup leaving the ...
NRA can’t help in lawsuit over gun background checks
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s chummy relationship with the National Rifle Association may win him votes in his campaign for governor, but ...
How Trump’s attack on renewable energy and the EPA hurts Nevada
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
The proposed cuts, along with tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported solar panels, threaten to slow the development of Nevada’s renewable energy industry ...
Anti-Trump activist Steyer targets GOP's Heller, Laxalt
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Billionaire anti-Trump activist Tom Steyer visited Las Vegas today with a vow to defend “Dreamers” and immigrant families facing deportation. Steyer, whose campaign against Trump has ...
Q&A: Will your kid’s teacher soon be replaced by a robot?
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
As a researcher who specializes in education, Michael Hansen was watching closely as President Donald Trump took office in January. Trump had made a campaign promise to steer billions of dollars into expanding ...
A biography of ‘a real billionaire’: William Rempel delivers a look into the life of Kirk Kerkorian
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
Kirk Kerkorian never defaulted on a loan, was allergic to taking credit for his accomplishments, hated being the center of attention and didn’t want his name on anything — not even his company parking space. So imagine William Rempel’s surprise when, while writing a new biography on Kerkorian, he discovered that ...
State of the Union: What might it mean for Nevada?
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Las Vegas drew a mention early on in Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, when the president alluded to the Oct. 1 tragedy as one of the challenges the nation faced during his first year in office. But how might Las Vegas be affected by the policies and initiatives that ...
Tourism chief: Raiders will spur growth of sports medicine in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Nearly a year after Steve Hill told an audience at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s annual outlook event to hold out hope that the Raiders stadium deal hadn’t fizzled, he ...
Mecum auction turns Las Vegas into 'motorcycle mecca'
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Winter weather makes January a bleak time for motorcycle riders in much of the United States, but an event in Las Vegas offers a warm spot on the calendar. The annual Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has grown into a gathering place for bike enthusiasts around the ...
Quiz: Trump's exercise regimen, Tark's tweet and a jackpot at Cosmo
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
The government shutdown and ongoing fallout from President Donald Trump’s profane comment about Haiti and some African countries were among this week’s leading news issues. Here’s a quiz about ...
Mayor Lee, ever bullish on NLV's future, sidesteps issue of staff turmoil
Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
During his State of the City address Thursday, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee told a story that involved plumbing, a shovel and an F-word that gets tossed around these days ...
Smart city technology aims to make communities more secure, but does it encroach on privacy?
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
For years, Las Vegas has been quietly preparing to take advantage of technological advancements. And now, city leaders expect its patience and diligence to pay off as systems are developed to make living in cities safer and more convenient, because Las Vegas’ infrastructure ...
Quiz: Golden Knights flap, record rainfall and Trump's 'Call of Duty' shoutout
Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards and ongoing questions about Donald Trump’s grasp of policies dominated the news this week. Here’s a quiz to test your knowledge ...
Phase Two of convention center expansion to begin, clear way to attract more trade shows
Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018
For years, convention organizers have been asking for more out of the Las Vegas Convention Center. More exhibition space. More meeting rooms. More ...
50 years of facts and fiction: A look back at Evel Knievel's jump at Caesars
Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
Fifty years ago this week, in Las Vegas, daredevil Evel Knievel made the jump that would put him on a path to international fame. But since then, some stories about ...
News quiz: How much do you know about taxes and Obamacare?
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
The Republicans’ tax overhaul legislation and the government shutdown were among this week’s major news stories. How much do you know about what happened this week? Here’s ...
Downtown’s D-finitive personality: Derek Stevens moving full speed ahead
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Walk into the D on any given night, and odds are good that you’ll find Derek Stevens there. He’ll be the big guy at the Long Bar, possibly buying a drink for a new acquaintance and likely wearing a jacket designed to make it impossible for you to miss him. It may be a color you’d normally see on a muscle car, or maybe two-tone, or maybe with lapels as wide as the mouth of a martini glass. Stevens and his brother Greg own the D, as well as the Golden Gate, the Downtown Events Center and the property that once was home to ...
Why technology, not new roads, could ease congestion
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
As the Las Vegas Valley grows and traffic becomes more congested, the answer is to use technology to ease it, as opposed to laying down more roads ...
Trump's jabs at trade deals show lack of understanding, Brookings scholar says
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
As an expert on trade agreements and the global economy, Dany Bahar can see the value in the Trump administration’s push to renegotiate trade pacts ...
Will Trump crack down on legal marijuana? Brookings expert weighs in
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
When the Brookings Institution’s John Hudak visited Las Vegas in March, he said it was too early to tell whether the Trump administration would try to snuff out the legal marijuana industry. So have things changed since then? That was the Sun’s lead question to ...
Q+A: Brookings analyst says economic outlook ‘pretty bleak’ under Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
"The dynamism of the U.S. economy has always been heavily predicated on attracting the best and brightest from overseas, and the message the administration is sending is ...
Energy, climate expert says there's reason for optimism — despite Trump
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
The answer to climate change and energy is complicated, Samantha Gross says, and lies somewhere deep between the extremes. One size doesn’t fit all because ...
Mecum to offer 1,000 cars for first auction in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
A company that has staged several successful motorcycle auctions in Las Vegas will be back next month with its first sale for car collectors in the valley. Mecum Auctions announced that its event, scheduled for ...
Renewable energy critical for national security, panelists say
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
In a war zone, solar panels or wind turbines might not sound like critical needs. But when Marine Lt. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer was fighting in Iraq in 2006, he realized that renewable energy sources were a life-and-death priority. ...
Moniz: U.S. needs ‘consent-based process’ for nuclear waste storage
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
A consent-based process is needed when it comes to disposing of the country’s spent nuclear fuel, says former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz, who served under the Obama administration and was part of ...
Quigley: Las Vegas poised to become leader in transportation innovation
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
When Audi went looking for a city where it could test technology allowing its cars to communicate with street lights, it took one call to get the test started in Las Vegas.
Launching in Los Angeles would have required ...
‘It was just mass, mass blood everywhere’: Survivors recount Las Vegas attack
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
As survivors filtered away from the site of Sunday evening’s mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, they described a scene of horror and heroism — people crumpling to the ground after being shot, running in terror, some ...
Q+A: How do Americans feel about taxes? Author's take may surprise you
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Vanessa Williamson has asked a lot of Americans about how they feel about taxes, and she says they initially respond like kids who are asked how they feel about vegetables. “They say, ‘Oh, Americans hate taxes,’” said the Brookings Institution fellow. But get beyond the reflexive response, and ...
Q+A: Brookings scholar discusses Trump, Russia and the truth
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Can the U.S. survive disinformation campaigns that are being used to fuel distrust and division between Americans? Jonathan Rauch, a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, will take on that question during ...
Have a comment about light rail? Driverless cars? RTC would like to hear it
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Regional Transportation Commission is asking local residents for their input in developing a long-term plan to improve mass transit in Southern Nevada. Kicking off what ...