Dymphna Calica-La Putt, a Las Vegas resident for 10 years, writes for the Asian Journal, the most widely circulated community newspaper in the city.

Before coming to the United States, she was a financial reporter for Manila-based BusinessWorld, the oldest business newspaper in Asia. She has a degree in journalism and has worked in communication and research at the Philippine Stock Exchange and Thomson Reuters.

She hears about the “old days” of Las Vegas from her husband who has lived in the city for 20 years, and she looks forward to the town’s changing landscape that her young son will get to experience.


Lisa Ferguson is an award-winning writer and editor who has spent more than two decades covering news and entertainment happenings in Las Vegas. The Nevada Press Association award recipient has interviewed countless celebrities while reporting on the local entertainment, dining, shopping and lifestyle scenes.

She has also written articles about myriad health and aging issues — most extensively about the often-misunderstood plight of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers, for which her work was honored as part of the diseases’ local Awareness Day events.

Ferguson’s articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the nation.


Tom Haynie is a freelance writer living in Medford, Ore. He is the former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Manpower Inc. of Southern Nevada.

Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, Haynie is a U.S. Air Force veteran from the Vietnam era. He has senior management experience in large and small companies in Nevada, Michigan and Washington. He is the founder and former president of a manufacturing company in the Pacific Northwest.

An avid reader and writer, he has written two novels that are published and available on and

Haynie has served the community as a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement and a merit badge counselor and former Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the board of directors for QTS Payroll Services, .


JoAnna Haugen is a writer and editor based in Las Vegas when she isn’t traveling around the world. In addition to writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, she has had work published in more than 40 other regional, national and international publications.

Haugen is also the community news editor for WorldView (the publication of the National Peace Corps Association) and managing editor for Journey Beyond Travel, an online travel guide about Morocco.

She has lived in Las Vegas for the past five years with her husband and pets.


Heidi Kyser moved to Las Vegas eight years ago to start a local bureau for a convention-industry trade magazine, Tradeshow Week. Since then, she’s gone from covering large annual events such as International CES and the SEMA conventions, to exploring and writing about community issues for local publications.

Her story subjects are influenced by her nonjournalism pursuits: teaching yoga, helping to run an eco-friendly flower business in the arts district and spending as much time as possible outdoors. She has covered the power wielded by the John S. Park Neighborhood Association, the development of the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort and a wide range of health and fitness topics. Her work appears regularly in Desert Companion, Vegas Seven and Las Vegas CityLife.

Originally from Roswell, N.M., Heidi studied French at the University of New Mexico before going on to earn a master’s degree in romance languages from Harvard. She lived in Paris, Los Angeles and Boston before coming to Las Vegas in 2004.


Art Nadler has lived in Southern Nevada for more than 35 years, having worked in journalism as a business and medical reporter and feature writer. In recent years, he was the Drive editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the public information officer of the Nevada State Contractors Board and the public relations/marketing director for Red Inc. Communications.

He is also an avid photographer having exhibited at the Summerlin Library, in Boulder City art shows and various private locations around the valley. His photographs can be viewed at


Joan Patterson is a freelance writer/editor living with her family in Boulder City. She has worked as a news editor for small newspapers in Michigan and California, having her hands in every aspect of newspaper editorial production, including editing copy, designing news pages, assigning stories, writing columns and overseeing the development of story packages.

Patterson also has worked as a features writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, covering everything from pop-culture trends to issues affecting people in their everyday lives. During this time, she also profiled a myriad Las Vegas-area artists, politicians, educators, city activists and entertainers.


Brian Sodoma has covered business, real estate, health and other topics for 14 years — 10 of them in Southern Nevada. Originally from Chicago, he lives with his wife and two children in Henderson.

In his free time, he studies film and is involved with valley youth hockey and soccer programs.


Tonya Wren is a digital media consultant for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Digital Solutions by Stephens Media.

She and her husband relocated to Las Vegas a year and a half ago from Oklahoma where she was a multimedia consultant for OPUBCO Communications Group. In addition to providing digital media consultation for clients, Wren also trains the newspaper’s sales staff on the newest trends in digital marketing.

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