Writer, Editor, and Real estate in Las Vegas, Nevada
For more than 25 years, Hal DeKeyser led news organizations in Arizona and Nevada as a reporter, photographer, editor, Opinion Page editor, columnist and publisher. A primary role has been to advance editorial quality and profitability. The publications he headed consistently earned statewide recognition as the best in their categories, and he was won individual awards for reporting, column writing, opinion and advertising innovation, including the Society of Professional Journalists Phoenix Chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He also headed Hal DeKeyser & Associates, a media and community relations firm, and he has been an editorial adviser to online news operations, and newspapers in California and Nevada. He is co-author of the book “Bite the Waxed Tadpole – America’s Guide to Hosting International Visitors.”
He spent 3½ years as chief of staff for Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, working on policy, communications and presentations. He also was the speechwriter for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for two years.
He then was Director of Product Development for the Las Vegas Review Journal, in charge of content and development for Luxury Las Vegas magazine, FashionTrend.Vegas, Las Vegas Business Press, Real Estate Millions, El Tiempo, Drive, Home and Real Estate.
He has been a licensed Realtor in Arizona and Nevada and now writes about real estate and home lifestyle in Las Vegas. The first in a series of consumer's guides to real estate will be published in September, 2017, the first being a consumer's guide to buying a new construction home.
He has been active in community affairs, including stints as chairman of WESTMARC, the Scottsdale Education Foundation, the Chandler Tomorrow Conference, West Valley Arts Council plus campaign or director volunteer roles with, Sun Health, Westside Food Bank, various chambers of commerce and economic development entities.
He is a graduate of Arizona State University, a Vietnam veteran and a former U.S. Navy photographer. He is married with two daughters and lives in Las Vegas.