As further evidence the Las Vegas Review-Journal has run off more good reporters and editors than most newspaper ever hire, witness the Sunday Viewpoints section.
In the lede editorial about the state’s prevailing wage law, the editorialist cites a 2000 series of articles:
“As documented by former Review-Journal writer A.D. Hopkins in 2000, the mandatory minimum wages published by the Nevada state Labor Commissioner sometimes require contractors to pay as much as $13.69 per hour above the highest real wages reported for a given labor specialty during the previous year. Those erroneous “prevailing wages” — dreamed up out of thin air — then became the actual wages that had to be paid the next year on government construction projects, at which point they were factored into the following year’s wage mandates.”
On the op-ed page, former publisher (did I mention run off?) Sherman Frederick calls for former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian to be admitted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, even though:
“We were minding the public’s business — which included unblinking coverage of the long fight between the NCAA and Tark — when investigative reporter A.D. Hopkins encountered a guy with a story he claimed would implode the UNLV basketball program.
“Hopkins came into my office and closed the door. ‘You gotta see this,’ he said.
“A.D.’s guy then proceeded to show us negatives of three current UNLV basketball players in a hot tub with Richard ‘The Fixer’ Perry — a man already convicted of throwing college basketball games.
“After verifying the negatives and double-checking the man’s story, we ran the picture, which was taken in 1989. A convicted sports fixer with three UNLV basketball players. And there were subsequent reports of ‘The Fixer’ hanging out inside the UNLV locker room at halftime.
“As expected, it was an undeniable revelation that quickly ended Tark’s tenure at UNLV. It was ugly. He announced the 1991-92 season would be his last at the school.”
And that is just two of the countless stories and projects Hopkins reported and edited that earned him a spot in the Nevada Press Association Hall of Fame. But he and his team of investigative journalists probably pissed off too many advertisers, so they were disbanded and dismissed when a former ad salesman was made publisher.
Just adding a little perspective.