Alexandra Berzon

Journalist, Award Winner


Who is Alexandra Berzon?

Alexandra Berzon is an American reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering Las Vegas, Nevada. She is best known for a 2008 series of investigative stories about the deaths of construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip for which the Las Vegas Sun won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and The Hillman Prize.

The Public Service Pulitzer cited "the courageous reporting by Alexandra Berzon, for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions." The centerpiece was a four-part series entitled "Construction Deaths". Berzon began her investigation after nine construction workers died in eight separate accidents. Her series exposed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's lax enforcement of regulations and highlighted the cozy relationship between safety regulators and builders.

The series was cited in Congressional hearings examining OSHA's record and led to changes in policy and improved safety conditions.

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  • United States of America
  • Vassar College
  • University of California, Berkeley

on July 23, 2013


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