About InformerMG

Joe Buda: Publisher / Advertising Sales

Joe Buda has been a Las Vegas native for 19 years.  He is a founding member of the Informer Media Group in 2010 with the company’s original publication, the Las Vegas Informer.


Debbie Hall: Editor-in-Chief

Debbie Hall has called Las Vegas home for over 37 years and is a writer and broadcaster as well as a teacher at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the editor for a number of publications as well as remaining active in networking and public speaking . Debbie volunteers her time and talent to a number of nonprofit organizations and supports a variety of causes.


Josh Muchly: Contributing Writer – Film Critic

Josh Muchly has lived in Las Vegas for 20 years. He is a film critic, poet and songwriter with a Bachelors in Film from UNLV. He works professionally in media & marketing, and is the founder of Muchly Media.

Follow: @muchlymedia on Twitter

Email: josh.muchly@gmail.com

Victoria Alexander: Contributing Writer – Film Critic

Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association: www.bfca.org/ and the Las Vegas Film Critics Society: www.lvfcs.org/ .

Victoria’s weekly column, “The Devil’s Hammer,” is posted every Monday. http://www.fromthebalcony.com/editorials.php.

If you would like to be included on Victoria’s private distribution list for a weekly preview, just email her at masauu@aol.com.

Victoria Alexander lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and answers every email. You can contact Victoria directly at masauu@aol.com.

Nikki Artale: Contributing Writer

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and is a contributing columnist for the Las Vegas Informer, interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100 percent of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

If you are Buying or Selling go to my real estate site to search the MLS for listings: Las Vegas Real Estate. 

NikkiArtale@cox.net 702-279-7001

Shelley Stepanek, Contributing Writer

Shelley Stepanek has been writing for five years and is currently the president of DSA, the oldest nonprofit tourist association in the state of Nevada, along with being on the board of the ticket brokers. Formerly, she was co- producer with a Las Vegas show, built and owned a hotel in Iowa and was owner of three restaurants. Shelly was also co-owner is a high speed ferry, from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico and co-owner of LA Cruise, a gambling ship based in Biloxi, Mississippi. Prior to that she was a junket operator from San Diego to Las Vegas, and Lake Tahoe, chartering over 400 flights, and bringing over 3,000 groups of gamblers to Las Vegas.

Heather Vale, Contributing Writer

Heather Vale is a freelance journalist, writer, interviewer and producer also known as The Unwrapper™. For over 20 years she has worked in all media: TV, radio, print and online. Currently she is one of the top freelance interviewers on the web, and specializes in the internet marketing, personal development and arts & entertainment niches. A native of Toronto, she has lived in Las Vegas with her young son since 2012.
You can reach her at her website, TheUnwrapper.com, or on Facebook at Facebook.com/Unwrapper.

Peter Artale

Peter Artale, a family man living in Maryland, has been cooking since he was 13 years old. He has also been the primary cook in his household for the entirety of his married life. For 21 years, when he wasn’t cooking a delicious meal for his family, he was serving our country in the Air Force.

His experience in the military provided him with a rich travel life. He’s taken up residences as distant as Germany as well as various states in the continental United States. This cultured lifestyle and lengthy experience has made him renowned within his circle of family and friends for his delectable cooking. Only recently, with the help of his wife, Crystal, has he decided to document his talents.

Tony Bellenger: Contributing Writer

Tony Bellenger is CFO of Tony Bellenger & Associates, LLC and he’s a financial and real estate expert as well as a successful author who has authored two books titled “I Met God in Heaven” and “How To Put Green-N-Your-Jeans.” In addition, Tony is also an inventor, speaker and teacher. His vision is to stay driven, persistent, caring, and funny so that he can continue to be a BLESSING to his fellow man.

Connect with Tony Bellenger on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Roger Bennett: Contributing Writer & Photographer 

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Roger has resided in Las Vegas since 1985. Roger grew up in Las Vegas, and has seen it grow from a town to a thriving city over the course of three decades. Roger is diverse in his interests, having had experience in everything from the electronics industry to the travel & tourism industry. However, Roger’s primary interest is in writing and photography. Roger’s main inspiration as a writer has always been Hunter S Thompson, whom he has admired as a hero and creative inspiration since high school, and enjoys writing in the ‘gonzo’ style whenever possible. Roger is relatively new to photography as a profession, however has quickly gained a local following as a photographer who specializes in everything from networking events to weddings, modeling shoots, and more.

Roger can be contacted at: RogerBennett@gmx.com or (702) 234-1295

Joe Breen, C.F.T.: Contributing Writer

As a child I was inactive and overweight. That changed for me around age 13 when I became involved in sports.  By age 19, I had entered the competitive bodybuilding arena.   As a result of questions I was receiving from the public regarding training, etc, I became a Certified Personal Trainer.

For the last 13 years, I have been helping people with their fitness goals whether it is weight loss, weight gain or reshaping themselves at their goal weight.  I enjoy assisting people by providing the tools they need to achieve their fitness goals.  It is a privileged to inform and educate the readers of The Las Vegas Informer so that they can have the knowledge and confidence to reach their goals.


Iyan Breese: Contributing Writer and On Air Talent

I have my Certification with National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a certification from FitWall (vertical training) and TRX. I have been a trainer for a few years and I train with different styles of exercise such as; Power, Strength, High Intensity Interval, Functional, TRX, Vertical Training, and Low Impact.

I am passionate helping others change their lives to a Healthier Life style through teaching them proper exercise form, intensity, duration, and volume. I do work with special needs people such as; Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Back Problems, Stoke, Etc. You can find me at https://www.facebook.com/IBTraininglv.

Sean Burton: Contributing Writer and On Air Talent

Health and Fitness is my life, literally. From an obese child to a fitness expert, I’ve seen my fair share of what it’s like on the other side of that fence and I’ve got all the knowledge and experience to help get anyone to the promise land on the opposite side. Whether your goal is to lose weight , gain strength, look good or feel better. SeanBFit in San Antonio, Tx can make all the difference. Email me at SeanBFitPro@Gmail.com for any questions or if you would like to set up a consultation at no charge whatsoever. Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/SeanBFit.

Sharon Chayra: Contributing Writer

Sharon Chayra is an award-winning writer and president of a medical marketing firm based in Las Vegas. A traveler of life, Chayra integrates her science background with spirituality resulting in common sense observations to others on their life’s journey. Given her heritage of Apache and Scottish, she is a born storyteller and documents experiences about personal growth, culture, laughter and health into the written and visual word.


Lisa Collins-Haynes

Lisa Collins-Haynes is married and the mother of one daughter. She is currently working as a Freelance Travel Journalist and has had several articles published.  Lisa is a self-professed out of control travel spirit (O.C.T.S) and she invites everyone to follow her new travel blog at www.octsblogger.wordpress.com.

Rose Connolly: Contributing Writer

Rose Connolly hails from the San Francisco bay area and has been a resident of Las Vegasfor nine years. She graduated with a B. A. in Business/ Fine Arts from Long Beach State

University and also a Certificate in Human Resource from Cal State Fullerton.

Rose brings over twenty years of coaching expertise  and started JobCoachusa  in 1997 after a frustrating jobsearch in the Bay Area.  She researched the market and came up with her own” techniques” for finding a job and offers one-on-one coaching and employment seminars that have been presented for the last two years in the Las Vegas market area. Rose brings fresh, creative ideas to the task of finding a job and loves helping college grads, career changers and anyone who wants the “edge” in finding employment today. She is also a featured writer in the employment magazine, Jobfinderusa.

Her website is www.jobcoachusa.com or you can contact Rose @ jobcoachusa@msn.com

Guy Dawson: Contributing Writer

Guy Dawson is the Managing Partner of Classy Communications, a Las Vegas-based Public Relations firm. He is also the host of PR Connections, a forum for business owners, leaders and celebrities to showcase what they do. PR Connections airs every Wed at 1:00 pm on KLAV 1230 AM or at klav1230am.com. For more information about Classy Communications PR and Advertising visit classycommunications.net or call (702) 845-6129.

Wendy Figueroa: Contributing Writer

Wendy Figueroa is originally born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.   Growing up in a diverse setting has allowed me to not fall into the main stereotypical traps normally set by society.  It’s allowed me to see people for people and accept them for who they are and their character.  I’ve seen San Antonio grow and blossom into this major metropolis that continues to “silently” make its mark on the world…..

I’m currently divorced with two wonderful, bright, beautiful children… ages 20 (daughter Cydni) and 12 (son Tauren). As you can see by the age difference that in itself is a challenge … but it’s also very rewarding.  I’m employed at UTHSCSA, where I am admin asst and I love it! I’m in a good place in my life, comfy with who I am, and my own personal walk with my life… I’m not done… but comfy.

As far as writing… I’ve always been drawn to it, and rather enjoy it. This opportunity has given me a voice to do what I’ve always wanted which is to be heard and perhaps shape a life or two with what I have shared.  That’s one of the best rewards in my opinion; a person can ever have with their time here on earth.  Make it count; because that’s what it’s all about.

Sara Gabriella: Contributing Writer

Sara is a published writer, marketing professional and TV Host. Her writing career has taken her from corporate copywriting in San Francisco to creating content for top network TV shows in Los Angeles, and finally to online and print media in Las Vegas. Her current columns include a media column “Sara in the City” and her advice column “Sincerely, Sara.”

Tony Gaglione: Sports Writer

Tony Gaglione was raised on the south side of Chicago and as he said, “I got into sports at a very early age with playing little league baseball and the spirit of competition grew into all sports. I became an avid fan of all sports and played baseball through high school and Amateur Independent leagues. After relocating to Las Vegas I quickly became hooked on the Rebels, Wranglers and 51s. I host an internet sports talk radio show called Smacktalk with my co-host and friend Shawn Adams And one day hope to work for ESPN as a columnist, analyst, or radio show host.”

Tony can be contacted directly at tony.gaglione@yahoo.com.

Rob Goald: Food Critic

Rob Goald has over 30 years’ experience as a journalist, author, filmmaker, broadcast studio specialist, radio producer and educator.  He owned a production company called Painting with Light Productions and produced commercials, industrials and documentary films.  He was a broadcast studio specialist for the USDA Graduate School. He was a DGA associate on the Hollywood features “Streets of Fire“, “Johnny Dangerously” and “The Flintstones“.

He was inducted into The Las Vegas Critics Society in 2010.
Rob has been a “foodie” since the 1970’s when he moved to San Francisco from Baltimore and has dined extensively all over the United States, Canada and Europe. He has contributed to Zagat Guides in Baltimore, Washington, Boston and San Francisco.

Paul Graham: Contributing Writer

Paul Graham was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Las Vegas since 2004.  He is a top wedding officiate, a green Realtor and writer.  He has a daily vegan food blog www.eatingveganinvegas.tumblr.com which is 365 days and 365 vegan meals in Las Vegas.  He can also be reached at eatingveganlv@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/EatingVeganinVegas.

Paul’s e-book, Eating Vegan in Vegas:  If It Can Happen Here, It Can Happen Anywhere is now available at www.sullivanstpress.com.

Andre’ Haynes: Contributing Writer

Andre’ Haynes is the author of “Q&A with Andre,” a PR advice column and a contributing writer of the Las Vegas Informer newspaper.  Haynes also is a radio talk-show co-host of Veterans In Politics and manages Endeavor Media Group, a full-service Las Vegas public relations agency whose areas of expertise include arts and entertainment, politics and sports.

Connect with Andre’ Haynes on Twitter or Linked In.

Andre’ Haynes has written editorials for events including AEE/AVNLas Vegas Winter MarketUFC Fan Fest and more. He can be contacted here:  www.emgnv.com/#!contact/cj1y.

To contact Andre’: andre.haynes@emgnv.com.

Adam Hofbauer: Contributing Writer

Adam Hofbauer’s work has been featured in magazines and journals in the United States, England and Scotland.  He is a graduate of the MFA fiction program at San Francisco State University.  He lives in San Francisco.

Gina Jones: Contributing Writer 

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I now resides in Valencia, CA.

I am a graduate from CSN commercial photography school, studying culinary arts at the College of the Canyons. Food photographer, restaurant reviewer / blogger, food awareness are my big passions.


Eric Johnson: Contributing Writer

Eric Johnson MBA is CEO of Finish Your Project Consulting LLC.  He empowers people to overcome inner and outer obstacles and finish the projects and dreams that matter most to them.  He serves as a consultant, speaker, writer and workshop facilitator.  His signature program is called Procrastination to Purpose and Profit.  For upcoming online classes, events and more, visit www.finishyourproject.com. To connect with Eric, visit www.facebook.com/finishyourproject or email him directly at  eric@finishyourproject.com.

Chef Kas: On Air Talent

Chef Kas represents the best of both nutrition and flavor, with original dishes that will both stimulate the palate and make you feel awesome. He works with private clients including professional athletes, elite poker players and business executives. See ChefKas.com for more information on meal delivery, or other boutique services!

Alex Kosmach: Contributing Writer

Alex Kosmach is a history major at UNLV and has lived in Henderson his entire life. A Green Valley High School alum, Alex coaches the debate team at GVHS in his free time. He covers local sports, arts & entertainment, and manages the Informer’s social media accounts. Learn more about him at about.me/kosmach.


Mark Marques: Contributing Writer

Mark Marques is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School in New York City. He graduated with Top Honors. Mark has several years of experience in the Restaurant industry starting when he was kid working at his parent’s Italian Restaurant, Ducci’s, in Colorado. After serving in the US Navy, Mark attended culinary school and went onto work in some of the busiest eateries in the New York City, including in the Lincoln Building, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the South Street Seaport and Pier 17. Mark has also run restaurants for Club Med as well in his current city of Las Vegas. Please feel free to contact Mark at this newspaper with any questions concerning food, liquor, beer, wines, and cooking tips.


Suzanne Menick: Contributing Writer

I have been in the real estate business for 7 years, initially as an investor of small, under valued,  single family homes. During the market boom, I began building a portfolio of rental property and learned the ins and outs of contracting and remodeling,  residential tenant screening and property management.  As a real estate agent, I also work with Buyers and Sellers in the Greater San Antonio areas.
On the personal side, I am the mother of college aged triplets and a health and fitness enthusiast.

Vanessa McConnell: Contributing Writer


Nicole Muj: Contributing Writer

Nicole Muj is the founder of KULTURA PR (kulturapr.com), a public relations company that specializes in international entertainment and cultural clients. Ms. Muj is also involved in booking A-list Western music artists and celebrities in Europe, Mexico and Asia. Previously, she served as Associate Director, Worldwide Publicity, E! Networks, and held senior level positions at LA-based mPRm Public Relations and Comspan Communications.

Contact – email: nicolemuj@hotmail.com; phone: 310-804-0964

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC: Contributing Writer

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 2595 S. Cimarron Rd, Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117.  His web address is Championship Chiropractic. He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and DrO@ChampionshipChiropractic.com.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. His is published in OnFitness MagazineLivestrong.comSpineUniverse.com and EHow.com.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, bike riding and running are his favorite forms of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.

Marvin Raab: : Contributing Writer

Marvin Raab is an independent network and technology consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends much time with friends in Las Vegas. When not playing with technology, he spends his leisure time playing strategy board games, studying poker, and keeping up with current events. He’s started using the Internet for social purposes in 1981 and hasn’t stopped, yet. He may be reached at marv@bitcoin-buzz.com.

John Randolph: Contributing Writer – Television Critic

John can be reached at this publication at newsroom@thelasvegasinformer.com.

Mitzi Reed: Contributing Writer

Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist.  Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine.  www.aspiringconferences.com



Sasha P. Rincon: Contributing Writer

PR, Marketing and all around communication maverick, Sasha P. Rincon – keeps on the pulse of all things Vegas; from salsa dancing, travel, to wedding planning – the journey is diverse and ALWAYS entertaining. Sasha graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City earning an BS in Advertising & Marketing Communications and is currently pursuing a MS at Boston University with a concentration in International Marketing Management. Sasha, a native of New York City, currently resides in Las Vegas. Twitter: @sashrincon Instagram: @sasharincon

Sue Rodrigues: Contributing Writer

I am a health and business coach helping people to achieve the trilogy of optimal health: happiness, health and wealth. It is a passion of mine to see America get healthy, one person at a time. It is an amazingly rewarding path. As I began to get my physical health on the right track, I began to influence people around me. Partnering with Dr. Wayne Andersen has given me the tools to empower myself and others to get on the road to optimal health. It has been rewarding on so many levels. I work with clients and coaches to help them create a life around what matters most. My health coaching service and business coaching service are free and done by phone or email making the process easy and convenient for everyone.

Contact Sue at:  702-812-5744 or Sue@ MyCoachSue.com

Fran Stuchbury: Contributing Writer

Fran Stuchbury has a history of covering alternatives football leagues. Fran has covered the Arena Football League, the United Football League and the XFL. Fran has covered six ArenaBowls, 2 af2 ArenaCups, two UFL Championships and a CFL Grey Cup in Montreal in 2001.


Reverend Thabiti: Contributing Writer

Reverend Thabiti is the CEO at ThePower.com, Executive Director at ThePower.org, Author of the book, ‘All About You’ and inventor of the Personal Time-Map System.  He is syndicated newspaper and magazine columnist and also officiates in weddings and funerals and is currently available for public speaking events.  You can reach him directly at CEO@ThePower.com.  If you’d like to make your life a little easier please visit www.ThePower.org.

Jessica Tripp: Contributing Writer


Alicia Valair: Downtown Beat Contributing Writer

Alicia Valair is inspired by beauty and mysteries of the world and is onn the path to happiness as a writer, interior designer, teacher and student.  She is an Air Force veteran and advocate for female veterans issues; presently living and working in Downtown Las Vegas. To reach her, visit www.facebook.com/lifestyledesigninteriors.

Evan Zemlin-Kisor: Contributing Writer

Evan Zemlin-Kisor is a communications major at Santa Monica College. A Campbell Hall High School alumni, Evan has lived in places such as Spain, Tanzania and France, though Los Angeles is where he was born and raised (and where he currently lives). He covers sports for the Informer.

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