Board

SPJ Las Vegas is run by a volunteer board:

ACTING PRESIDENT: Michael Davidson

A professional reporter since 2013, Michael Davidson covers demographics and the U.S. Census the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. He previously covered government. He’s also been a reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Pensacola News Journal in Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.

TREASURER: Bryan Horwath

Bryan came to the Las Vegas Sun from Wichita, Kan., where he worked as a reporter for the Wichita Eagle and the Wichita Business Journal. After growing up in Wisconsin and graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Bryan got his first full-time reporting job in 2007 and worked for a handful of newspapers in the Midwest for the next decade. He holds a master’s degree in mass communication from South Dakota State University.

BOARD MEMBER: Mary Hausch

Mary Hausch worked for the Review-Journal for 19 years including a decade as managing editor. She then taught journalism at UNLV for 25 years. She was named a Distinguished Nevadan by the Nevada Board of Regents in 2017. She is a past president of the Las Vegas SPJ chapter and served as adviser to the campus chapter.

BOARD MEMBER: Wesley Juhl

Wesley Juhl serves as the communications manager for the ACLU of Nevada. He won multiple Nevada Press Association awards while working as a journalist in Las Vegas and also worked as a reporter in Washington, D.C. His work with SPJLV gives him an outlet for his passions for journalism and the First Amendment.

BOARD MEMBER: Michael (MJ) Lyle

Michael (MJ) Lyle is a journalist with Nevada Current. In addition to covering local and state politics, he reports on housing and homeless policy as well as the criminal justice system. He started his career working for the Las Vegas Review Journal as a community news reporter and a feature writer. Other bylines include The Washington Post and Desert Companion.

BOARD MEMBER: Howard Stutz

Howard Stutz is a senior reporter for The Nevada Independent, covering the gaming and tourism industries. Howard, who has spent nearly four decades in Las Vegas and is an award-winning journalist, joined The Nevada Independent in May 2021. Prior to his hiring, Howard freelanced numerous gaming stories for The Independent.

BOARD MEMBER: Sonja Cho Swanson

Sonja is a writer and audio producer. She spent seven years working in media in Seoul, South Korea before returning to her hometown of Las Vegas. She has bylines in The New York Times, the L.A. Times, Eater, and Esquire, amongst others. Sonja is the Executive Producer of Exit Spring Mountain, a podcast from Nevada Public Radio about AAPI issues in Southern Nevada.

BOARD MEMBER: Pashtana Usufzy

Pashtana Usufzy is a freelance writer specializing in health and human interest stories. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Las Vegas Sun and a health/medicine reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She has been a member of SPJ since 2010 and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in journalism and biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Want to get involved? Email vegasspj@gmail.com