October 31, 2014
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Las Vegas Sun reporter Alexandra Berzon
says she was "totally in shock" to learn the stories she wrote about deaths of construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip earned a Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Berzon was covering a hearing of Nevada construction safety regulators Monday when she was summoned back to the Sun office
where she was told her work won journalism's most prestigious award.
The 29-year-old University of California at Berkeley journalism graduate says she's written more than 50 stories since March 2008 about safety at new resort construction sites on the Strip.
She and her editors tallied 12 worker deaths in 18 months at Strip construction sites.
They say they're proudest that deaths stopped after Berzon's stories began appearing.