A series from the Houston Chronicle revealing that Texas state educators systematically denied special education services to hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities.
A team of reporters from The Associated Press for a series of stories that showed how seafood sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants had been produced by slaves. Their work prompted reforms and prosecutions — and the release of more than 2,000 people who had been held captive in horrific circumstances.
Miami Herald reporters Carol Marbin Miller and Audra D.S. Burch for "Innocents Lost," their examination of six years of child deaths in Florida. The project resulted in the most sweeping overhaul of child welfare laws in the state’s history.
A team of reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their series “Deadly Delays,” documenting how delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death.
Alexandra Zayas of the Tampa Bay Times for her three-part series "In God's Name," which uncovered abuse at unlicensed religious children homes in Florida.
Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong of The Seattle Times for their three-part series “Methadone and the Politics of Pain.”
A team of reporters from The Los Angeles Times, led by Ruben Vives and Jeff Gottlieb, for uncovering pervasive municipal corruption in the city of Bell, Calif.
ProPublica's T. Christian Miller for his work revealing that insurance coverage for private contractors in war zones has become a boon for companies and a disaster for those who rely upon it for treatment and death benefits.
Sandra Peddie and Eden Laikin of Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.), for their articles exposing widespread corruption and systemic failures in local special government districts on Long Island.
Dana Priest and Anne Hull of The Washington Post, for coverage of conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of the Hartford Courant, for their series exposing the US military’s recruitment and deployment of mentally ill soldiers into Iraq.
Reporters and editors from The Washington Post, for their series exposing illegal activities and corruption surrounding Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Reporters and editors from The Washington Post, for their series exposing lead contamination in the District of Columbia water supply and the failure of public officials to inform and protect residents.
Reporters and editors from Gannett New Jersey newspapers, for their groundbreaking series exposing a government system that allows elected officials to exploit their positions for personal gain.
A team of reporters and editors from the Boston Globe, for their series "Crisis in the Catholic Church" that led to a new movement among laity, a new state law requiring clergy to report sexual abuse, grand jury investigations, a revolt among Boston priests against their leadership, a national child-protection policy in the Catholic Church, and ultimately the resignation of Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston, one of the nation's most influential Catholic prelates.
Heidi Evans and David Saltonstall of the New York Daily News, for "classic investigative reporting" in their expose of possible financial misconduct and other illegal activities at Hale House, the renowned Harlem shelter serving women and children.
Virginia Ellis of the Los Angeles Times, in recognition of uncovering information that led to the resignation of California's state insurance commissioner, termed by award judges as "a classic example of persistent investigative reporting that exposed official wrongdoing and got results."
(co-winners) A reporter team from The Philadelphia Inquirer for "The Rape Squad Files" and Katherine Boo of The Washington Postfor "Invisible Lives, Invisible Deaths."
A team of reporters from The Washington Post for their series "Deadly Force: An Investigation of D. C. Police Shootings."
Gary Cohn and Will Englund of The Baltimore Sun for "The Shipbreakers," exposing a covert international industry.
Byron Acohido of The Seattle Times for his series "Safety At Issue: The 737," which detailed serious problems with the Boeing 737.
Ginger Thompson and Gary Cohn of The Baltimore Sun for "Battalion 316," exposing atrocities committed by a secret Honduran military intelligence unit.
Five reporters for The New Orleans Times-Picayune for their series exposing political influence peddling involving the legalized gaming industry.
Eileen Welsome of The Albuquerque Tribune for revealing that hundreds of Americans unknowingly had been used in government radiation experiments.
Roy Gutman, Newsday's European correspondent, for exposing the horror of widespread imprisonment, deportation and murder of Muslims in Bosnia.
A team from The Greenville (South Carolina) News, for uncovering financial extravagance by high officials of the University of South Carolina.
Candy J. Cooper of The San Francisco Examiner for a series documenting the handling of rape cases by the Oakland, Calif., Police Department.
(co-winners) Jane O. Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for her series concerning abused and neglected Georgia children; and a team of ten journalists from the The Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader for investigating questionable financial policies in the Kentucky school system.