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Jon Ralston hails from Buffalo, NY. He received a B.A. in English from Cornell University in 1981 and a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan in 1983.
Jon came to Las Vegas in 1984 as a night reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He later covered general assignment and county government before becoming a political reporter in 1986. Jon became a full-time political columnist in January 1989.
Jon began publishing The Ralston Report, a statewide political newsletter, in January 1993. Until late 1999, he was freelancing columns to the Review Journal and doing commentary for Channel 8. In July 1998, he began a daily newsletter sent by e-mail to subscribers.
In December 1999, Jon sold his newsletter and signed an agreement to work for the Greenspun Media Group. He now heads up a daily e-mail publication and hosts a daily public affairs show on KSNV Channel 3 called Face to Face with Jon Ralston. In 2000, he had a book published on Nevada politics published called The Anointed One.
Jon won Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year in 1986 and Best Columnist of the Year in 1991, 1992. In the years 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 he won Best Non-Staff Columnist from the Nevada State Press Association. Jon has won two Electronic Media Awards for Face to Face.