Breaking News Reporting

Finalists have been announced since 1980. Full texts, photographs and cartoons are available for Journalism winners from 1995–2014 only.

Winners

2014 Staff The Boston Globe

For its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.

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2013 Staff The Denver Post

For its comprehensive coverage of the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 and injured 58, using journalistic tools, from Twitter and Facebook to video and written reports, both to capture a breaking story and provide context.

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2012 The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News Staff

For its enterprising coverage of a deadly tornado, using social media as well as traditional reporting to provide real-time updates, help locate missing people and produce in-depth print accounts even after power disruption forced the paper to publish at another plant 50 miles away.

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2011 No award

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2010 Staff The Seattle Times

For its comprehensive coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect.

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2009 Staff The New York Times

For its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports.

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2008 Staff The Washington Post

For its exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online.

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2007 Staff The Oregonian, Portland

For its skillful and tenacious coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains, telling the tragic story both in print and online.

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2006 Staff The Times-Picayune, New Orleans

For its courageous and aggressive coverage of Hurricane Katrina, overcoming desperate conditions facing the city and the newspaper.

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2005 Staff The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

For its comprehensive, clear-headed coverage of the resignation of New Jersey’s governor after he announced he was gay and confessed to adultery with a male lover.

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2004 Staff Los Angeles Times

For its compelling and comprehensive coverage of the massive wildfires that imperiled a populated region of southern California.

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2003 Staff The Eagle-Tribune, Lawrence, MA

For its detailed, well-crafted stories on the accidental drowning of four boys in the Merrimack River.

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2002 Staff The Wall Street Journal

For its comprehensive and insightful coverage, executed under the most difficult circumstances, of the terrorist attack on New York City, which recounted the day's events and their implications for the future.

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2001 Staff The Miami Herald

For its balanced and gripping on-the-scene coverage of the pre-dawn raid by federal agents that took the Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez from his Miami relatives and reunited him with his Cuban father.

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2000 Staff The Denver Post

For its clear and balanced coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School.

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1999 Staff Hartford (CT) Courant

For its clear and detailed coverage of a shooting rampage in which a state lottery worker killed four supervisors then himself.

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1998 Staff Los Angeles Times

For its comprehensive coverage of a botched bank robbery and subsequent police shoot-out in North Hollywood.

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Finalists

For its compelling coverage of a fast-moving wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed more than a hundred homes, using an array of journalistic tools to tell the story.

For its alert, in-depth coverage of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, employing a mix of platforms to tell a developing story with accuracy and sensitivity.

For its vivid coverage of a wildfire that destroyed more than 300 homes, combining on-the-ground reporting with imaginative use of digital tools, including a before-and-after interactive feature that helped displaced fire victims determine the fate of their homes before there was official notification.

For its complete and sensitive coverage of the shooting massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 children and 6 adults, using digital tools as well as traditional reporting to tell the story quickly while portraying the stunned community’s grief.

2012 The Arizona Republic Staff

For its comprehensive coverage of the mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, an exemplary use of journalistic tools, from Twitter to video to written reports and features, to tell an unfolding story.

2012 Staff of the Wisconsin State Journal

For its energetic coverage of 27 days of around-the-clock protests in the State Capitol over collective bargaining rights, using an array of journalistic tools to capture one breaking development after another.

2011 Staff Chicago Tribune

For its coverage of the deaths of two Chicago firefighters who were killed while searching for squatters in an abandoned burning building.

2011 The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, a joint staff entry.

For their coverage of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, often working under extreme conditions.

2011 Staff The Tennessean, Nashville

For its coverage of the most devastating flood in Middle Tennessee history.

2010 Staff The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J.

For its sweeping coverage of 44 arrests in a widespread corruption scandal that snared local officials, several religious leaders and others.

2010 Staff The Washington Post

For its compelling coverage of an Army psychiatrist, with long ties to Washington, who killed 13 people in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a Texas military base.

2009 Staff Houston Chronicle

For taking full advantage of online technology and its newsroom expertise to become a lifeline to the city when Hurricane Ike struck, providing vital minute-by-minute updates on the storm, its flood surge and its aftermath.

2009 Staff St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For its creative and aggressive coverage, both online and in print, of a city hall shooting that left six people dead, displaying an exemplary blend of speed and rigor in its reporting.

2008 Staff The New York Times

For its swift, penetrating coverage of a fire in the Bronx that killed nine persons, eight of them children.

2008 Staff Idaho Statesman

For its tenacious coverage of the twists and turns in the scandal involving the state’s senator, Larry Craig.

2007 Staff The Denver Post

For its compelling and notably human coverage of back-to-back blizzards that trapped travelers and paralyzed the region.

2007 Staff Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY

For its clear and authoritative reporting on the crash of a Comair commuter jet that killed 49 people.

2007 Staff The Denver Post

For its compelling and notably human coverage of back-to-back blizzards that trapped travelers and paralyzed the region.

2006 Staff The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For its swift and rigorous accounts of a shooting rampage by a prisoner who seized a deputy sheriff's gun and killed a judge and three others.

2006 Staff South Florida Sun-Sentinel

For its clear, cohesive and enterprising coverage of Hurricane Wilma after it battered a region still recovering from major storms the previous year.

2005 Staff South Florida Sun-Sentinel

For its enterprising and wideranging coverage, under difficult conditions, of four hurricanes that battered Florida over a six-week span.

2005 Staff The Charlotte Sun, Charlotte Harbor, FL

For its heroic coverage of Hurricane Charley after it destroyed the homes of employees and cut the paper's power supply and phone service.

2004 Staff The Miami Herald

For its immediate and distinctive search for the cause of the Columbia space shuttle disaster.

2004 Staff Newsday, Long Island, NY

For its enterprising coverage of the summertime blackout that stretched over a vast area of the United States and cut the paper's own power supply as deadlines loomed.

2003 Staff The Baltimore Sun

For its compelling and comprehensive coverage of the sniper killings that terrorized the Washington-Baltimore region.

2003 Staff The Seattle Times

For its enterprising coverage of the many local connections to the ex-soldier and his teenage companion arrested in the sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. region.

2002 Staff Daily News, New York, NY

For its vivid and detailed on-scene coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City.

2002 Staff The New York Times

For its eloquent and precise coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks that captured the gravity, drama and historic dimension of the day's events.

2001 Staff Los Angeles Times Staff

For its compelling and resourceful coverage of every aspect of the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 off the California coast, which killed 88 passengers.

2001 Staff The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

For its graphic and highly detailed coverage, despite restricted access, of the dormitory fire at Seton Hall University that killed three students and injured 58 others.

2000 Staff The Oregonian

For its comprehensive coverage of an environmental disaster created when a cargo ship carrying heavy fuels ran aground and broke apart, and how fumbling efforts of official agencies failed to contain the far-reaching damage.

2000 Staff Raleigh (NC) News & Observer

For its comprehensive coverage of the destruction in the state caused by Hurricane Floyd.

1999 Staff The Jonesboro (AR) Sun

For its aggressive yet responsible coverage of a shooting at a local middle school in which two boys killed a teacher and four classmates and wounded 10 others.

1999 Staff The Miami Herald

For its coverage of a 12-year-old boy's electrocution at a county bus shelter and the breaking news developments in the subsequent investigation of the shelter's faulty wiring, which likely caused the boy's death.

1998 John Dennis Harrigan News and Sentinel, a Colebrook, NH weekly

For his coverage of a shooting spree that left five dead, including his newspaper's managing editor.

1998 Mike McAlary Daily News, New York, NY

For reporting on the brutalization of a Haitian immigrant by police officers at a Brooklyn stationhouse. (Moved by the Board to the Commentary category.)