Four Years of Fascinating People

20131219_cover_50_percentWhen we decided on Southern Nevada Water Authority boss Pat Mulroy as our Most Fascinating Person for 2013, we knew at once who was the perfect writer for the job: Heidi Kyser has spent years learning the circuitous ways and fierce conflicts of water policy in the West. Moreover, who better to match up with the well-read Mulroy, who did her graduate work at Stanford, than our very own Harvard-educated Kyser? The result is “The Rain Queen,” a bracing profile that is at once empathetic and unvarnished.
Similar adjectives could be applied to last year’s Most Fascinating Person story, Steve Bornfeld’s “Keeper of the Vision,” about Smith Center boss Myron Martin. That story follows Martin from his early days as a Houston cutup to his Broadway years to his arrival in Las Vegas in 1995. If you missed the story, it’s never too late to read it here.
In 2011, Stacy J. Willis offered Las Vegans much-needed insight into the man who was proposing to change this town forever, Tony Hsieh. You can read the far-reaching profile, “Crown Prince of the City,” here.
Our first Most Fascinating Person profile ran in December 2010. For that story, “The Education of Henry Chanin,” I had the privilege of tracing the thrilling and near-tragic ride of a man who had been a powerful financial professional, a visionary contributor to the Las Vegas Beltway, a key administrator at McCarran International Airport, a Sherlock Holmes scholar, a private-school headmaster and the most renowned victim of a medical scandal that grabbed national headlines. You’ll find the story here.

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