The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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Alexandra Berzon

Alexandra Berzon began working for the Las Vegas Sun as a business reporter 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, 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, 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.

Berzon’s stories on construction safety at the Sun were awarded the 2008 Story of the Year, News Feature of the Year and First Amendment awards by the Nevada Press Association.

She grew up in Berkeley, CA, where her parents are lawyers and her mother is a justice on the U.S. Ninth Circuit.