Las Vegas reporter Jeff German found stabbed outside home


Award-winning Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was found fatally stabbed outside his home Saturday morning, according to local media and police reports.

The Review-Journal reported that police responded to a 911 call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and found a German, 69, dead outside his home with stab wounds. Police assumed the German was in an altercation before the stabbing and that it appeared to be an isolated incident.

Police were looking for a suspect on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

“It is shocking and incomprehensible to everyone in our editorial team. It’s a huge blow. Jeff was a loved, valued, trusted and incredibly valuable person in our organization,” editor-in-chief Glenn Cook said in an interview. “And it goes without saying that we are going to miss him terribly and it just won’t be the same to come back to the editorial office and have him not be a part of it.”

Cook said German had not communicated any concerns about his safety to the newspaper’s leadership team.

“We hope they find this person very soon so that we can get answers to all the questions we have as his colleagues and friends, regarding the work we all do,” he said.

German was previously a longtime columnist and reporter for the Las Vegas Sun, where, according to his biography, he covered courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime. He joined the Review-Journal in 2010, where his investigative work has included stories of organized crime, political corruption and government failure.

Cook said the Germans’ “bread and butter” broke “big stories,” with many of his investigations leading to major reforms.

“It’s very hard to imagine what Las Vegas would look like today if not for all of its accountability reporting over the decades,” he said. “Jeff was not one of these larger-than-life personalities in the newsroom. But you could tell he was almost that moody, and when he walked through the newsroom with a furrow in his forehead, you knew something big was going on and he was close by. That’s how you knew Jeff was about to break a big one.’

“We were saddened to hear of the death of Jeff German. Looking at his work over the years, it’s clear that he had a major impact on Las Vegas and Clark County,” Diana R. Fuentes, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, wrote in an email to The Times. “He did what we journalists all want to do: hold those in power accountable and give voice to the voiceless.”

German was the author of a 2001 book on organized crime, “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss,” and was the writer and host for the second season of the Review-Journal’s true-crime podcast “Mobbed Up”. : The battle for Vegas.”

In 2017, German broke the news that the Mandalay Bay mass shooter had targeted jet fuel tanks before firing bullets from his hotel room at a crowd at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing dozens of people, according to the Review-Journal.

“Shocked at the passing of longtime Las Vegas reporter Jeff German. This was a senseless act of violence. The loss of life in this way is always shocking and must stop. We will closely monitor the police investigation,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman wrote on Twitter.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak called German “hard but fair,‘ and ‘a great mentor for young reporters’.

Cook said German was unmarried and had no children, but had surviving siblings.

The German colleagues will continue the story, Cook said, from the moment a suspect is arrested to the prosecution and trial of a case.

“We will be remembered intensely of his murder for a long time to come. And that’s difficult,” Cook said, adding that the newspaper’s leadership is working to make bereavement counseling available to staff.

German colleagues flooded social media to remember his work and presence at the editorial office. They characterized German as a tenacious reporter with a passion for digging up the kinds of stories that hold powerful people accountable and inspire policy change.

“mourn my gifted friend and colleagueRhonda Prast, the newspaper’s assistant editor for investigations and engagement, wrote on Twitter. “So proud to have worked with you on the I team for the past 3 years. A great loss for me and #LasVegas.”

“Jeff loved his job,” Cook said. “He loved being an investigative journalist. It’s all he wanted to do. And such people are irreplaceable.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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