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ProPublica Hires Alexandra Berzon to Cover Risks to Democracy

ProPublica announced Wednesday that it has hired reporter Alexandra Berzon to cover risks to democracy. In this role she will investigate efforts to undermine the power of the ballot. She starts on July 6.

Berzon comes to ProPublica from the Wall Street Journal, where she worked for 12 years on the workplace safety and gambling beats and then on the paper’s investigative team. Over the last several years she has produced a litany of blockbuster stories. In February, she did crucial reporting that revealed the funding sources for the Jan. 6 rally that led to the attack on the Capitol. In 2019, she was the lead reporter on an investigation that documented how Amazon’s third-party platform peddled an array of products that were unsafe or even banned. The series was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

She was also part of the Journal team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for exposing President Donald Trump’s secret payoffs to Stormy Daniels and another woman. In addition, Berzon led a 2018 investigation documenting accounts from numerous former employees that casino mogul Steve Wynn, then the finance chair of the Republic National Committee, had engaged in widespread sexual misconduct.

Berzon began her reporting career at the Las Vegas Sun, kicking off her investigative work with a series on construction deaths on the Las Vegas Strip that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

“Alexandra brings a track record of producing memorable, important work, along with ambitious ideas for digging into threats to democracy,” ProPublica Managing Editor Robin Fields said. “We are thrilled to welcome her to our newsroom.”

"At this critical moment in American democracy, I’m excited to get started making impactful, meaningful journalism together with my new colleagues,” Berzon said. “We will dig deep to unearth stories that will help illuminate the risks."

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