Headliners

Carl Bernstein

Being a kid in the newsroom and breaking some of the biggest stories in journalism history.

5:00 p.m.

Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

Few journalists have had the impact on history and their craft as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. From uncovering the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward to writing about national and international affairs for half a century, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the hidden workings of government and politics around the world. Bernstein’s important on-air reporting and commentary on Donald Trump for CNN has been widely recognized for continuing the kind of work he and Bob Woodward pioneered during the Nixon presidency.

In 1973, Woodward and Bernstein were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their Watergate coverage at The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting new standards for investigative journalism. The pair went on to write two classic best-sellers: All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman); and The Final Days, chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency.

Bernstein’s recently released book, Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom, became an instant New York Times bestseller, receiving extraordinary attention and praise in reviews throughout the United States and Europe. In it, Bernstein recounts his earliest days in journalism at the Washington Evening Star newspaper, where he began his career during the Kennedy era as a 16-year-old copyboy. The roots of his Watergate reporting can be seen in this remarkable apprenticeship as a teenage reporter in the nation’s capital.

Bernstein’s other best-selling books demonstrate his unique range as a journalist: Loyalties: A Son’s Memoir, about his family’s experiences in the McCarthy

era; His Holiness: Pope John Paul II and The History of Our Time – a biography of Pope John Paul II – that revealed the Pope’s pivotal role in the fall of communism; and A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, acclaimed as the definitive biography on the subject.

His magazine articles have appeared in Time, USA Today, Rolling Stone and The New Republic. From 1999-2001, Bernstein served as editor and executive vice president of Voter.com, a pioneering website that Forbes named the best political site on the internet. He has worked as Washington bureau chief and correspondent for ABC News; and, while at the Washington Post, was also a part-time rock critic.

Bernstein lives in New York with his wife and is the father of two sons, Jacob Bernstein, a reporter for the New York Times; and Max Bernstein, who plays guitar for Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.

Moderated by Las Vegas Review-Journal politics and government editor, Steve Sebelius

Steve Sebelius is the politics and government editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada’s largest newspaper.

Sebelius has been a full-time journalist for 30 years, working for daily and weekly newspapers in California and Nevada. During his career, he’s covered local government, education, courts, special projects and, of course, politics. He’s also worked as the editor of Las Vegas CityLife (2005-2011).

In addition, he’s appeared regularly on Las Vegas television, including as a regular guest and guest host of “Nevada Week in Review” on KLVX Channel 10; as the host of “Political Insiders” on KTNV Channel 13 from 2006-2007, and as a political analyst and host of “PoliticsNOW” on 8NewsNow from 2010-2020.

Elin Hilderbrand

A conversation about book clubs, beach reads and becoming a NY Times best selling author.

3:15 pm

Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

Elin Hilderbrand is the author of twenty-eight novels, including the forthcoming THE HOTEL NANTUCKET (June 14, 2022). She is a proud 1991 graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Writing Seminars. In her senior year at Hopkins, Elin had her first short story, "Misdirection," accepted for publication in Seventeen Magazine.

After a short stint working in publishing and teaching in New York City, she moved to Nantucket permanently in 1994. She attended the University of Iowa writers workshop and earned her MFA in 1998, and published her first novel, THE BEACH CLUB, in the summer of 2000. Her 2019 novel, SUMMER OF '69 was her first novel to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is the mother of three children and loves riding the Peloton, cooking, and going to the beach. She will retire with her summer of 2024 book and plans on becoming a book influencer.

Moderated by Steph from “Mercedes in the Morning” (Mix 94.1) and Kayla from “The Chet Buchanan Show” (KLUC 98.5)

Steph was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California and you bet she brings that sunshine with her. Her bubbly, energetic persona is contagious and you can catch her on social media bringing positivity to all of her viewers. Steph loves to dance on her spare time, catching up on her favorite shows with her husband, playing with her shih tzu puppy Momo, or eating her favorite Filipino food.

Before radio, Steph was a full time dancer. Dancing from the age of 4 until the age of 24. Steph’s dancing has brought her to direct and coach dancers of all levels from competitive dance teams at the collegiate level to junior teams at the middle school level in the San Diego area. Although Steph is no longer a full-time dancer she is still a dancer at heart and teaches master classes from time to time.

Steph started her morning show journey as a phone screener and segment producer on the “Kramer and Geena Morning Show” on KHTS - Channel 93.3. Steph’s radio journey took her to Hartford, Connecticut as the Executive Producer for “Craig and Company” on 96.5 WTIC and now the Executive Producer and Morning On Air Talent - “Mercedes in the Morning” for Mix 94.1 in the entertainment capital of the world… Las Vegas!


Hi. I’m Kayla. If you want to call me Kayla-Jo, KJ, That Chick Over There, that’s cool. God has blessed us all with Life and I plan on living mine to its fullest. I like to hike and read and read about hiking and hike to find great spots to read.  

Everything I do in life is to benefit my friends and family. Speaking of, I am newly married. His name is Buddy and he puts up with a bunch of crap from me... God bless him. I tend to curse more than necessary, but promise to hold back out of courtesy. Things I enjoy: smiling, laughing and Brunch (#Brunch4L). Looking for a positive life. I break more wine glasses than I can maintain in my household so I recommend you become a straight out of the bottle girl with me. Hoping to make an impact in one of the most electric cities in the world. 

Listen to 'The Chet Buchanan Show' on 98.5 KLUC daily on the Audacy app to hear your girl. 

Kiley Reid

Writing Such A Fun Age.

1:30 pm

Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

While her debut novel is not a work of auto-fiction, Reid drew inspiration from her six years as a nanny to the several children in Manhattan. Later, while at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, with time and clarity to draw upon the feeling of working in someone else's home, Kiley had the opportunity to research and analyze domestic work, the anxieties of the liberal elite, and how language and memory can work on the page. With a penchant for awkward moments and a dedication to depicting domestic in its complicated forms, Reid shares the experience of creating two very different perspectives approaching privilege, money, and precocious toddlers.

An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her New York Times-bestselling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. The novel was longlisted for The 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author, and the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. Kiley’s writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, December, Lumina, where her short story was the winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest, and Ploughshares, where her short story was the winner of the 2020 Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize for Fiction.

Moderated by Kelvin Watson, Executive Director – Las Vegas Clark County Library District

As executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Kelvin Watson oversees 25 branches run by 600+ employees, spanning 8,000 square miles, with a budget of $77 million and a collection of 3.2 million items. Regarded as one of the most highly respected thought leaders in the library industry, Kelvin has been credited with expanding his customer base through outreach efforts to underserved and diverse populations, and brought transformative change through ambitious and groundbreaking initiatives. Examples include the multi-award-winning partnership with the RTC of Southern Nevada, which enables digital library access to bus riders; and a cell phone lending program, which provides low-income and homeless residents with the lifeline that smart phones deliver.

His dedication to implementing new and innovative ways to meet new and existing customers “where they are” using non-traditional methods garnered Kelvin and his libraries numerous awards, including: American Library Association (ALA) Library of the Future (2022, 2019); RUSA Best Emerging Technology Award; ALA Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community & Profession.

Kelvin earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Military Science from Lincoln University in Missouri, where he is a member of the ROTC Hall of Fame. He earned his MLS Degree from North Carolina Central University. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.

Chef Hubert Keller

A discussion on food and dining in Las Vegas.

12:00 p.m. noon

Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium

Chef Keller resides in Las Vegas, where he operates Fleur by Hubert Keller, featuring his contemporary French cooking accented with cuisine around the world. With his palate-attuned to America’s evolving tastes, Chef Keller launched his widely popular Burger Bar Restaurants in Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Growing up in Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France, Chef Keller’s passion for the culinary arts ignited early. The family lived over his father’s Patisserie Keller where the children frequently helped their father with the baking. By 16, Keller knew he wanted to become a professional. Some of the greatest French Chefs- Paul Haeberlin, Gaston Lenotre, Paul Bocuse, Roger Vergé -recognized his exceptional talent, trained him in their kitchens, and promoted his career. For nearly ten years, Keller far exceeded his mentor’s expectations while working throughout France and South America. In 1982, Vergé sent him to San Francisco to open Sutter 500. He and his wife Chantal were immediately enchanted by San Francisco and the city was equally captivated by them.

Moderated by John A. Curtas, Food Critic and Attorney at Law 

John Curtas has been writing about the Las Vegas food and restaurant scene since 1995. As a resident since 1981, he has seen Vegas grow from the “Town That Taste Forgot” into one of the leading restaurant cities in the world. He started his food writing career on KNPR radio, where his  weekly commentaries aired for 15 years, before moving to local TV stations (KLAS and KVBC), and then to the national stage as a judge on Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America.  

He is the author of EATING LAS VEGAS – The 52 Essential Restaurants, which published eight editions up until 2020,  as well as his Eating LasVegas blog (www.eatinglv.com), where he has taken no prisoners since 2008. 

Mr. Curtas has also been the restaurant critic for more local magazines than he can count, including Desert Companion, Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Life, SCOPE and VEGAS, and was once on the voting panels for both the James Beard Awards, and the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, before he got kicked off for being too opinionated about who was winning them.

John likes to say that he’s been privileged to have a front row seat for the greatest restaurant revolution any city in America has ever seen. He is also a lawyer by trade and a member in good standing in the Nevada Bar, but don’t hold that against him. For health reasons, he confines his diet to the five major food groups: French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and barbecue, and is rarely seen without a glass of Burgundy in hand — which he enjoys all the more when someone else is paying for it.