Newspapers over 75,000
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A series exposing tactics used by a convenience store chain to get innocent employees to confess to stealing money then forcing them to pay up.
“Questionable activities and financial relationships of Florida public officials“ by The Miami Herald
Luis Feldstein Soto, Tom Fiedler, Lisa Getter, Justin Gillis, David Lyons, Jacquee Petchel and Joe Starita
Series on lavish lifestyles of public officials and conflicts between their business relationships and public duties.
Newspapers under 75,000
“Country Clubs: Staying the Course“ by Birmingham Post-Herald
Series showing the discriminatory membership policies at Birmingham country clubs.
“Edison’s Hidden Hazard“ by The News Tribune (Woolbridge, NJ)
Articles revealing the existence of unexploded munitions and contamination from mustard gas and cyanide at an old Army arsenal, a site proposed for a waterfront development.
“Toxic Nightmare on Main Street“ by Family Circle
A story on toxic contamination at EPA Superfund sites in Jacksonville, Ark.
“The U.S. government and the 1990 Nicaraguan elections“ by Common Cause
Story analyzing how the Bush administration spent $12 million helping Violeta Chamorro win the presidency of Nicaragua despite congressional restrictions on involvement.
A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the IRS by David Burham
Random House and Vintage Books
The inside story of political influence, bribery, administrative failings and poor congressional oversight of the tax collecting agency.
Win at Any Cost: The Sell Out of College Athletics by Francis Dealy, Jr.
Birch Lane Press
A study of corruption in college athletics focusing on campus rape, drug abuse, recruiting bribes, academic fraud and the exploitation of black athletes.
Television, larger markets
“Florida: State of Abuse“ by WFLA-TV (Tampa)
Steve Andrews, Bruce Breslow and Robin Lane-Roane
Reports on mistreatment of foster and shelter children by Florida’s Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services
ABC News Primetime Live
Robbie Gordon, Eugenia Harvey, Peter Herdrich, Richard N. Kaplan, Ira Rosen, Diane Sawyer and Betsy West
An investigation documenting negligence, patient abuse and unsanitary conditions at Veterans Administration hospitals.
“NFL Drug Testing: Illegal Procedure“ by WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
Roberta Baskin and Joan Martelli
Stories uncovering inaccuracies and unfairness in the National Football League’s drug testing program.
Television, smaller markets
“Children of the Fields“ by KGW-TV (Portland, OR)
A series detailing the poor working and living conditions of migrant farm workers
“WJCT/Rebman Investigation“ by WJXT-TV (Jacksonville)
Reports uncovering a conflict of interest involving a local public television station manager, who pocketed proceeds from a charity auction.