Laura J. Nelson

Writer

Laura J. Nelson covers transportation and mobility issues across Southern California. She was part of the team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Before joining The Times in 2012, Nelson wrote for the Boston Globe, the Tampa Bay Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.  Laura grew up in suburban Kansas City in a family of journalists and graduated from the University of Southern California.

Recent Articles

  • Man police say was armed with a handgun is shot, killed in Azusa

    Man police say was armed with a handgun is shot, killed in Azusa

    A 49-year-old man was shot and killed by police in Azusa on Sunday night, officials said. Just after 11 p.m., police received a call from a woman in a northern Azusa neighborhood who said her husband was armed with a gun, according to Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

  • L.A. Metro launches hotline for transit riders who have been harassed

    L.A. Metro launches hotline for transit riders who have been harassed

    Los Angeles County transportation officials Wednesday launched a 24-hour hotline for riders who are harassed or assaulted on buses and trains. The hotline is part of a larger Metropolitan Transportation Authority effort to reduce harassment and improve perceptions of safety on L.A.’s sprawling...

  • Next phase of the Wilshire subway receives $1.6 billion in federal funds

    Next phase of the Wilshire subway receives $1.6 billion in federal funds

    The announcement in Los Angeles on Wednesday of more than $1.6 billion in new funding for the Westside subway brings transportation officials one step closer to their ambitious goal of finishing the nine-mile line before the 2024 Olympic Games.  More than $1.3 billion in grants and $300 million...

  • Hollywood sign altered to read 'Hollyweed'

    Hollywood sign altered to read 'Hollyweed'

    Los Angeles residents awoke early Sunday to see that one thing, at least, looked different in the New Year: the Hollywood sign.  Armed with four tarpaulins, a prankster had climbed Mount Lee under the cover of night to edit the iconic landmark, which was changed to "HOLLYWeeD.”  Security footage...

  • 82-year-old woman struck and killed by Foothill Transit bus in West Covina

    An 82-year-old woman was struck and killed Saturday afternoon by a Foothill Transit bus in West Covina, officials said.  The West Covina woman fell into the roadway at 4:20 p.m. and was run over by the bus, said Lt. Ron Allen of the West Covina Police Department. The victim died at the scene, Allen...

  • Southern California heads into wet weekend, with snow expected in the mountains

    Southern California heads into wet weekend, with snow expected in the mountains

    Southern California’s wet winter will continue Friday and into Saturday, as storms move through the region carrying rain, thunder and up to two inches of snow in the mountains, according to weather officials.  The rain that fell across Los Angeles County on Friday will taper off by the afternoon,...

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