Heidi Kyser

Las Vegas, NV USA

Professional Experience

After a decade in trade journalism, I jumped the fence to consumer magazines in 2010, when I started freelancing full-time. From 2012 to 2013, I was a senior writer for Wendoh Media's Vegas Seven. Since January 2014, I've been on staff at Desert Companion, the monthly magazine of Nevada Public Radio. Neither a master’s degree in Romance Languages nor my 13-year yoga practice has softened the toughness I earned by being raised by cowboys and sports fanatics in Roswell, N.M. And no, I've never seen an alien.


10 Years
10 Years
10 Years


Environment & Nature
1 Year
Family, Children & Teenagers
1 Year
1 Year


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
1 Year
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
10 Years
Newspaper - Community
1 Year

Total Media Industry Experience

11 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Las Vegas City Life (6-10), Vegas Seven (10+), Desert Companion (10+)

Technical Skills

*AP, MLA and Chicago styles; developed two house styles * Digital media production (Web articles, newsletters, blogs, social media)

Foreign Language Skills

* Fluent French, conversational Spanish

Computer Skills

*MS Office, Google Docs, Constant Contact, Quark, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Joomla and basic HTML *Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for business; BlogSpot, Flickr, WordPress and YouTube


* Desktop and laptop PC * Digital audio recorder with transcription software

Work Permits & Visas

U.S. passport


Andrew Kiraly, Editor, Desert Companion, andrew@desertcompanion.com Kristy Totten, news editor, Las Vegas City Life, ktotten@lvcitylife.com


* 2nd place, Best Investigative or In-Depth reporting, magazines, Nevada Press Association, 2012 * 3rd place, Best Explanatory Journalism, magazines category, Nevada Press Association 2011 * ASBPE Best News Writing award, 2001


Avant Guild



Inner peace sells, but who's buying? We all are. A seasoned, stress-busting insider offers insights on the modern industry of peddling wellness. by Heidi Kyser It used to be that massage therapy was for injured athletes, psychotherapy was for the mentally ill, and boxing was for, um, boxers. Not anymore. Mom goes to the boxing gym once a week, Dad has a standing massage appointment, and the kids are in semi-monthly therapy. This is because Mom, Dad and kids are more stressed out than they used to be. In their quest for solace, they've created demand for a product as modern as the iPad. Professionals have arisen to supply services to fill that demand; businesses, in the form of gyms, spas and counseling centers, are springing up to churn out happy customers. Welcome to Stress, Inc., the business of undoing the damage people and societies do to themselves.
For nearly 25 years, through epic drought and wild growth, Pat Mulroy has worked to quench our city's thirst without drying up its future. Was it an impossible job? - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2013/12/18/pat-mulroy-rain-queen/#sthash.QVzxFewE.dpuf
A Las Vegas photographer braves age-old questions about the masks women wear.
"No, you can't have my cereal, and don't poop in my coffee." This I add to the running list of ridiculous things I say now that I have chickens. In the fleeting cool of the morning, I palm Little Red's chest and gently back her away from my breakfast. I'm at the picnic table on my patio; the rest o
In the battle against Parkinson's disease, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's Ryan Walsh gives science a human touch.
From the feds to Metro, law enforcement is taking on prescription drug abuse, but is it enough to deter dirty doctors and pharmacists?