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Laura J. Nelson

Staff Writer

Laura J. Nelson is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering transportation and mobility. The beat has taken her to bus yards, freeway overpasses, subway construction sites, the bunker-like control center for L.A.’s nearly 4,500 traffic signals, and Elon Musk’s mysterious tunnel beneath the streets of sleepy Hawthorne, Calif. She was part of the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news and the team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for breaking news in 2020. She is a volunteer vice president of the California Scholastic Press Assn., a nonprofit workshop for high school journalists. She is from Kansas and joined The Times in 2012.

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