Newspapers over 75,000
“The blood brokers“ by The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gilbert M. Gaul
Series examines the economics, regulation and ethics of the blood industry
“Fire in St. Paul“ by Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Lou Kilzer and Chris Ison
Series details a dark association between the St. Paul fire department and arsonists.
“Cheating our children“ by Lexington Herald-Leader
Kit Wagner, John Winn Miller, Lee Mueller, Bob Geiger, Mary Ann Roser, Jack Brammer, Bill Estep, Valarie Honeycutt, Jamie Lucke and Joseph S. Stroud
Series shows how Kentucky’s schools are kept substandard by predatory local politics.
Newspapers under 75,000
“Ten days in September“ by Washington Daily News (Washington, D.C.)
Julia Gray and Michael Voss
Stories uncover that town officials for eight years had been covering up the fact that the municipal water supply contained dangerous levels of carcinogenic chemicals.
“Blueprint for disaster“ by Anchorage Daily News
Stan Jones, Patti Epler, Richard Mauer and Craig Medred
Series investigates how industry, state and federal regulators failed to operate in a competent manner which could have prevented the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
“Courthouse patronage“ by Texas Lawyer
Mark Ballard and Richard Connelly
Stories find that Harris County’s 37 civil district judges have turned a system designed to protect children into a lucrative reward for political allies.
“America’s doomsday project“ by U.S. News & World Report
Story scrutinizes a secret government program, Continuity of Government, which is rife with incompetence and waste.
“The Big Lie“ by Florida Trend
Investigation shows how and why state and federal officials misrepresented to the public that a deadly disease was infecting Florida’s citrus nurseries.
Stephen Pizzo, Mary Fricker and Paul Muolo
A thorough investigation of the savings and loan scandal.
Television, larger markets
“Without Just Cause“ by WWOR-TV (Secaucus, N.J.)
Joe Cullom, Gary Scurka, Barbara Gardner, Micki Sellers and Horatio Jennings
Story showing how New Jersey policemen are racist in their zeal to win the drug war
“Shield for Abuse“ by KQED-TV (San Francisco)
Scott Pearson and Lewis Cohen
An investigation of police brutality in the San Francisco area.
Richard Kaplan, Neal Shapiro, Pierre Salinger, Chris Wallace, Judd Rose, Sam Donaldson, Diane Sawyer, Terry Lichstein, Lisa Hsia, Robert Calo and Rudi Bednar
A comprehensive look at the downing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland
Television, smaller markets
“Grey Orphans“ by WFTV (Orlando)
Series investigates guardianship, whereby the elderly are deprived of basic rights
“Who’s behind the wheel?“ by WTVF-TV (Nashville)
Series investigates school bus drivers who are accused of sexual misconduct, driving without licenses and having extensive criminal records.