Laura J. Nelson is an investigative and enterprise reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Her work has exposed and explained chaos in the U.S. Postal System, inequities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution and the spread of far-right extremism in California’s world of health, wellness and spirituality. She previously covered transportation, mobility and commuting for The Times. Nelson was part of the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, as well as the team that was a 2020 Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of a dive-boat fire that killed 34 people off the coast of Santa Barbara. Nelson grew up in Kansas and joined The Times in 2012.
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