Bob Stoldal, Chair of the Division of Museums and History
Bob Stoldal became interested in news at a very early age. He credits his grandfather who, in the 1940’s and 1950’s , took him to see newsreels instead of cartoons at movie theaters every Saturday morning.
In the early 1950’s as a pre-teenager Stoldal started a neighborhood newspaper.
Then in 1958, Stoldal’s father went to work for the Atomic Energy Commission in Nevada and moved his family to Las Vegas.
Stoldal attended Las Vegas High School where he wrote for the school newspaper. Later he was editor of the student newspaper at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
His first paying job in the media was sweeping the floors in the pressroom of the Las Vegas Review Journal. The job description called for sweeping the lead off the floor and setting the type for the headlines to the newspaper.
From there Stoldal went to work as a radio announcer at KLAS radio and later became the station’s news director.
At the same time he was part time sports and weatherman at Channel 13, then called KSHO-TV.
In 1967 he was hired as a reporter and anchor at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, then owned by newspaper publisher Hank Greenspun. He was promoted to News Director in June 1970, when Howard Hughes owned the station.
In 1978 the station was sold to Landmark Communications, owners of several newspapers and The Weather Channel on cable. In January of 1998, Stoldal became general manager of Las Vegas ONE. He launched this new local 24-hour news station four months later. On August 26, 2002 Stoldal’s responsibilities were expanded to include overseeing the news operations at KLAS, including the production of a newscast on KTUD.
He currently serves as Executive Vice President of News for Sunbelt Communications television stations and web site.
Stoldal has been a television news director for more than 45 years in Nevada.
During his tenure as news director, United Press International honored KLAS as “Best Newscast in America”.
As News Director, he led the fight in southern Nevada to allow public to gain access to various judicial and governmental proceedings by allowing television cameras into the proceedings.
From inquests to Ethic Commission hearings, to Nevada Supreme Court hearings, though Las Vegas ONE the public has had the opportunity to see these proceedings live.
Stoldal broadcast the first criminal trial in Nevada. Stoldal also produced the first live coverage of pleadings before the Nevada Supreme Court first in Las Vegas and later in Carson City.
Stoldal also successfully fought all the way to the Nevada Suprme Court to allow television coverage of criminal preliminary hearings.
In 1992 Landmark asked Stoldal to expand the news operation at a newly acquired CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was also asked to help launch three 24-hour regional all news cable channels: one in Virginia, a second in Tennessee and the third in Las Vegas.
In January of 1998, Stoldal became general manager of Las Vegas ONE. He launched this new local 24-hour news station four months later. On August 26, 2002 Stoldal’s responsibilities were expanded to include overseeing the news operations at KLAS, including the production of a newscast on KTUD.
In September of 1999, Las Vegas ONE was recognized by the Rocky Mountain Media Watch as one of the top local news channels in the United States.
In September of 2002, Stoldal was named Vice President of News at KLAS. He oversees the news operations of KLAS, KTUD, as well as Las Vegas ONE.
In July of 2008, Stoldal retired from KLAS.
In August of 2009, Stoldal joined Sunbelt Communications as Executive Vice President of News, overseeing the news operations including the three in Nevada, Las Vegas, Reno, and Elko.
Stoldal is active in professional, community and historic activities.
He is a current member of SPJ, the National Society of Professional Journalists, has served as board member and president of the Las Vegas chapter. Stoldal, a current member of RTNDA, the International Radio and Television News Directors Association, is a former member of the National Committee on Ethics in Television, and has served as a board member of the associations National Committee on Civic Journalism.
He has served as the Broadcast Coordinator for cameras in the courtroom for the Clark County Court system.
Stoldal has proven himself as a business as well as community leader. In 1989 he received the “Best Manager in Television” award from the Women In Communication. Then in 1998 he received the award for “Best Television General Manager,” from the same organization.
Over the past three decades he has worked directly with many civic and community groups including the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Boy Scouts, the Clark County School District, and the United Way.
He works with several historical and preservation groups throughout Nevada.
He currently serves as Chairman of the board of the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, and is the current Vice-Chairman of the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, as a board member the State Commission on Cultural Affairs, and as well as a board member of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve Foundation.
He currently serves as vice chair and a founding member of the board of Preserve Nevada. Stoldal is also a member of the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission.
In addition, he is a supporter and member of several museums and historic site associations throughout Nevada.
Stoldal has four sons: Tony, Adam, Matthew, and Christian. He is married to Kay Stoldal.