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May 4, 2011

So Long, Steve...

Posted by Hunter

My friend Steve Friess announced today that he is moving to Michigan so that he can pursue a fellowship at the University of Michigan (which, unsurprisingly, is in Michigan).

Yes, Las Vegas will be Friess-less.

I got to talk to Steve about it this afternoon and it's obvious he's really excited about the new challenge so as a friend, I'm thrilled for him... and also bummed. C'est la vie.

On a professional level, I'll miss his blog posts, podcast interviews and random Twitter-fire. His new position will keep him focused on that work and that means no more contributing to side-projects like Vegas Mate.

I'm not sure what else to say except to wish Steve and Miles luck. I guess now I have a reason to visit Michigan.

I'm sure he'll have a lot more to say about it on his blog.


Read archived comments (5 so far)
May 4, 2011 11:27 PM Posted by Dave

Congratulations Steve!

May 4, 2011 11:56 PM Posted by motoman

Wow! What a significant hole will be left in the Vegas media. He didn't seem as if he's decided whether to return to his Vegas-related freelancing afterwards, either. Bummer / Best Wishes....

May 5, 2011 6:36 PM Posted by Ted Newkirk

No question, this will leave a significant void in the dissemination of Las Vegas news and commentary. And it adds to the thinning of the Greenspun's writer roster.

Many would kill to earn a solid living reporting on Las Vegas (and the perks that come with it). However, I can see how Friess may be using this time to assess his future. Las Vegas is unfortunately still considered a "backwater" place to be a professional, and Steve could understandably have his sights set much higher (as he should with his ability to get things out of his interview subjects).

Then we have Miles, who has openly longed fir moving to a more tepid climate. Add into the mix that Las Vegas is only the 33'rd largest market (Arbitron) and in Mile's line of work, moving up the ladder means moving to bigger markets. One would not be shocked if Miles spent this time testing the job opportunities in bigger markets. Perhaps a market that also holds opportunity for Steve's advancement in his craft.

All of the above is speculation as I don't know them personally. If they move on to bigger and better things, they will be missed.

May 6, 2011 10:42 AM Posted by Dave

Speaking of Vegas writers who've gone onto better things, Adam Goldman (who used to be w/ AP's Vegas bureau) had a prominent byline with the Osama Bin Laden death story last week. Nice to see he's doing well.

May 24, 2011 3:45 PM Posted by Scott Roeben

Huge loss for Vegas.