This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Melinda Sheckels, editorial director of OnTheStrip com and OffTheStrip com. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Sheckells talks about her reporting and editing career in Las Vegas; switching her beat from housing to nightlife and entertainment; how the city is gearing up for the post COVID world; why she thrives on news and the fact that there’s no “off” switch in Las Vegas; how OnTheStrip com and OffTheStrip com became two of Las Vegas’ first all-digital news sources; the future success here in sports and live events; how social media has changed the way that visitors look at the city; and her favorite Las Vegas experience.
Melinda Sheckells is an award-winning editor, writer and content producer and Editorial Director of OffTheStrip.com and OnTheStrip.com. Sheckells joined OTS Media with a wealth of experience having previously helmed many of Las Vegas’ top publications and websites, including Vegas/Rated, VegasSeven and numerous high-end in-house publications for integrated casino-resorts including Wynn, Venetian, CityCenter, Hard Rock Hotel and Caesars Palace.
In addition to editing, Sheckells has written about Las Vegas for national and international publications including American Airlines, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard, Forbes Travel Guide, People, Celeb Magazine, Life & Style, Hospitality Design, Los Angeles Times and more. As a television correspondent, she frequently appears on Los Angeles’ KTLA morning news to talk about Las Vegas. Additionally, Sheckells is a weekly contributor to KTNV Channel 13 where she discusses topics ranging from food to shopping. Her segments, Tasty Tuesday and Wanderful Wednesday, are nationally syndicated.