In The News: Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies

Elemental
May 14, 2021

After 33 days in the backcountry — lugging an 80-pound pack through forests and tundra, spending each night outdoors in a tent — Michael Easter says that his reunion with running water almost brought him to tears.

Outside
May 14, 2021

In his new book, The Comfort Crisis, Michael Easter investigates the connection between modern comforts and conveniences and some of our most pressing problems, like heart disease, diabetes, depression, and a sense of purposelessness. Turns out, engaging with a handful of evolutionary discomforts can dramatically improve our mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

Vox
May 13, 2021

YouTube Kids is a colorful, stripped-down version of YouTube, full of animations, bright colors, and cartoon avatars meant to keep the youngest internet users engaged. When scrolling through the app, kids can see everything from Nickelodeon song mashups to prank series to baking videos — a cheerful-seeming microcosm of actual YouTube.

Men's Health
May 12, 2021

I recently found myself standing in the Arctic tundra, about 120 miles from civilization, in Kotzebue, Alaska, with half a year’s worth of dinner—100-plus pounds of caribou—strapped to my back. Gnarled four-foot antlers burst from the top of my pack, and my shoulder straps felt so weighty that I thought they might slice me lengthwise into thirds. I was up there on a backcountry hunt, and all I needed to do was carry my meat back to camp. Thing is, the five-mile slog was uphill and across a savage landscape that existed in an ice-cream-like state, all spongy layers, dense moss, mucky swamp, and basketball-sized tufts of grass. No easy path.

The Joe Rogan Experience
May 12, 2021

Michael Easter was a contributing editor at Men's Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and is professor at UNLV. He also is the author of the new book "The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self" available now.

Art of Manliness
May 12, 2021

Our world has never been more convenient and comfortable. With just a few taps of our fingers, we can order food to our door, access endless entertainment options, and keep our climate at a steady 72 degrees. We don’t have to put in much effort, much less face any risk or challenge, in order to sustain our daily lives. 

Nevada State News
May 12, 2021

Michael Easter says Americans are too comfortable. That willingness to be comfortable, and not leave our comfort zones, is affecting our physical and mental health. It’s the premise of the University of Las Vegas journalism professor’s new book, “The Comfort Crisis,” released for sale this week.

Nevada State News
May 12, 2021

The willingness to be comfortable, and not leave our comfort zones, is affecting our physical and mental health. It’s the premise of the University of Las Vegas journalism professor Michael Easter's new book, “The Comfort Crisis,” released for sale this week.

Elemental
May 11, 2021

If this year feels like it has flown by, there’s a solid scientific reason for that. Most of us spent it locked in our homes, doing the exact same thing day in and day out.

Newswise
May 11, 2021

Meeting up with Michael Easter for an interview requires a little trek into nature, and a bit of sand in your shoes. Climbing up rust-colored rocks under a bright blue sky peppered with pillowy clouds, Easter — a longtime health journalist and lecturer at UNLV — shared one of his favorite adventures from his new book, “The Comfort Crisis.”

FastCompany
April 23, 2021

The Kaji family is navigating the increasingly complicated world of kidfluencers by expanding beyond YouTube.

Las Vegas Sun
April 21, 2021

Vanessa McConnell arrived at the UNLV baseball stadium ready to broadcast the day’s game for student-run KUNV 91.5. Before setting up the equipment and testing the microphone levels, she had another, more important responsibility: Making sure her son was comfortable.