OLD Media Moves

Pulitzer winner Berzon leaving Las Vegas paper for WSJ

July 27, 2009

Alexandra Berzon, the Las Vegas Sun business reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year for her coverage of construction deaths on The Strip, is leaving the paper at the end of the month for a job at The Wall Street Journal.

Berzon says she will be moving to the Los Angeles area and will work out of The Journal’s LA bureau, where she will cover the hotel and casino industries.

Berzon said she expects to be back in Las Vegas frequently. Read Talking Biz News’ interview with Berzon here.

Berzon began working for the Sun in 2007. She has also worked as a reporter for Red Herring, a technology magazine, the Anchorage Daily News and the San Antonio Express-News.

Berzon was the primary reporter for the Las Vegas Sun’s Construction Deaths on the Strip series, which was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Berzon, 29, received an undergraduate degree in urban studies from Vassar College in 2001. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2006.

As a student at Berkeley, Berzon reported for Salon.com, NPR’s Living on Earth, and American Public Media’s American Radio Works. Her radio work dealt with a community of South Pacific islanders who had emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand, because of fears of sea level rise from global warming. The broadcasts were part of a multi-part series that won the George Polk Award for Radio Reporting in 2007.

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