Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

A Conversation about Las Vegas with 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley

SoCal Connected Correspondent John Ridley in Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard
LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

KCET's 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley in Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard. | Photo by Christal Smith

Tonight on an all-new episode of KCET's award-winning news program, SoCal Connected, which airs at 8 p.m., correspondent John Ridley, takes viewers on a tour of the gambling Mecca that reinvented itself during good times only to now face new challenges during a tough economy.

During tonight's episode, Ridley visits the chapel where he was married for a report on Vegas’ other major industry and catches up with Vegas resident and creator/host of the once popular TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Robin Leach who currently blogs about celebrity life in Sin City. Ridley also takes a tour of the neon “boneyard,” where signage from Las Vegas’ past is being collected for a future museum, and checks out the massive hotel and mixed-use construction projects currently experiencing funding shortages.

LAist was fortunate enough to catch up with Ridley, an Emmy Award-winning commentator, accomplished author, screenwriter, commentator and self-described fan of Las Vegas whose work regularly appears on NPR, MSNBC and SoCal Connected, to discuss the city that remains a destination for millions of Southern Californians.

Support for LAist comes from

You are a self-described fan of Las Vegas, what is it that you love about the city?
I understand they allow gambling there.