This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with Richard N. “Rick” Velotta, gaming-tourism reporter and assistant business editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rick talks about why this is the best news town in the country; the impact of the Hard Rock coming to the Las Vegas Strip; the biggest change in Las Vegas; the development of an underground transit system; the impact of COVID; the most significant technological advance to benefit the casino industry; and the top Las Vegas news story for 2022.
Rick has covered business, the gaming industry, tourism, transportation and aviation in Las Vegas for 25 years. A former reporter and editor with the Las Vegas Sun, the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff and the Aurora (Colo.) Sun, Velotta is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where he won the school’s top journalism honor. He became the Review-Journal’s assistant business editor in September 2018.