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Meet the Team

Norm Bell /

Norm is the managing director of The Vegas Bureau. He’s been leading news operations for more than 30 years including serving as the top editor at daily newspapers from Tacoma to Trenton and business publications including Silicon Valley, Hartford and most recently Las Vegas. He held an endowed chair as McMahan Centennial Professor of News Communication at the University of Oklahoma and studied in Asia as a Jefferson Fellow of the East-West Center in Hawaii. His subject interests run the gamut of economics and politics. He has won state awards for commentary in California and New Mexico. A project of his design was a Pulitzer finalist. Check out his LinkedIn profile at

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John R. Kelly /

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and in a plain way tell what it saw.” Award-winning journalist John Kelly read that John Ruskin quote three decades ago as a Penn State student and charted a media career course toward telling people who, what, when, where and why. A Jersey boy, Kelly has crisscrossed the country writing, editing and shooting photos for leading newspapers including The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News and The Las Vegas Review Journal. His sources and subjects have included professional athletes, congressmen, senators, governors, singers, Hollywood actors and producers as well as more business suits than Nordstrom’s has hangers. He believes there are no boring stories (especially in Las Vegas), only boring writers. Check out his profile at


Robert Horne /

He has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist covering sports, the business of sports, sports wagering, gaming, courts, legal issues, healthcare, employment, general business features and breaking news items. He relocated to Las Vegas in 2013 from the Southeast where he won numerous awards for column writing and editorial writing in Georgia and North Carolina. Since moving to Vegas and starting a freelance career, Horne’s work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Las Vegas Review Journal,, Las Vegas Business Press, Macon Telegraph, Nevada Lawyer and Check out his profile at

Craig A. Ruark /

Craig started his career as a reporter in the broadcast industry, covering breaking news and local sporting events. He moved into marketing for engineering services firms and in 2008 became one of the first non-technical persons to become an ‘Accredited Professional’ in the U.S. Green Building Council for ‘Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design’ (LEED AP). He has published a book titled “Marketing Your Green Side,” which is available through Amazon. As a contributing writer, he has produced nearly 100 in-depth articles for the Las Vegas Business Press. He’s also a skilled photographer. Check out his profile at

Linda Simpson /

Linda came to journalism after a career in healthcare. As a freelance feature writer and photographer, her work has appeared in the Las Vegas Review Journal, Las Vegas Business Press, View Newspapers and NPR's Desert Companion Magazine.  And she's won Nevada Press Foundation awards three of the past four years. But healthcare remains her passion. She has taught in the health science program at the College of Southern Nevada, served on a state healthcare regulatory board and as a board member with Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. She's also a member of an exclusive group – she's a native Nevadan and remembers when Las Vegas really was a small town.

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