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I'm a political analyst on TV, on the web and in print -- a single Dad with one daughter.


From Buffalo, NY
B.A. in English from Cornell University, 1981
M.A. in Journalism from University of Michigan, 1983

Came to Las Vegas in 1984 as night police reporter for the Las Vegas
Later covered general assignment and county government before becoming
political reporter in 1986. Became full-time political columnist in January

Began publishing The Ralston Report, a statewide political newsletter, in
January 1993. Until late 1999, was freelancing columns to R-J and doing
commentary for Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. In July 1998, I began a daily
newsletter sent by e-mail to subscribers.

In December 1999, I sold my newsletter to and signed an agreement to work for the Greenspun Media Group. I continue to edit TRR while also heading up a daily e-mail publication called Flash while writing a column for the Las Vegas Sun and appearing on Channel 8 and Las Vegas One. I host a daily public affairs
show on LV One called “Face to Face with Jon Ralston.” In 2000, I had a book on Nevada politics published called “The Anointed One.”

Won Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year in 1986 and Best Columnist of
the Year in 1991,1992, and in 2000, 2002 and 2003 Best Non-Staff Columnist, all from
Nevada State Press Association.


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