For her dispatches from California’s Central Valley offering nuanced portraits of lives affected by the state’s drought, bringing an original and empathic perspective to the story.
For his evocative narrative about skiers killed in an avalanche and the science that explains such disasters, a project enhanced by its deft integration of multimedia elements.
For his haunting story of a woman who survived a brutal attack that took the life of her partner, using the woman’s brave courtroom testimony and the details of the crime to construct a moving narrative.
For her deeply probing story of the mysterious sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean that drowned six men.
For his haunting story about parents, from varying walks of life, who accidentally kill their children by forgetting them in cars.
For her moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing.
For his chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters.
For her intimate, richly textured portrait of an immigrant imam striving to find his way and serve his faithful in America.
For his poignant story on a Marine major who helps the families of comrades killed in Iraq cope with their loss and honor their sacrifice.
For her gripping, meticulously reconstructed account of a deadly 10-second tornado that ripped through Utica, Illinois.
For "Enrique's Journey," her touching, exhaustively reported story of a Honduran boy's perilous search for his mother who had migrated to the United States.
For his humane and haunting portrait of a man tried for negligence in the death of his son, and the judge who heard the case.
For his poignant profile of a disfigured 14-year old boy who elects to have life-threatening surgery in an effort to improve his appearance.
For his portrait of Gee’s Bend, an isolated river community in Alabama where many descendants of slaves live, and how a proposed ferry to the mainland might change it.
For his portrait of a druggist who is driven to violence by his encounters with armed robbery, illustrating the lasting effects of crime.
For his detailed and compassionate narrative portrait of a mother and two daughters slain on a Florida vacation, and the three-year investigation into their murders.
For her compelling portrait of a baseball umpire who endured the death of a son while knowing that another son suffers from the same deadly genetic disease.
For his elegantly written stories about contemporary America.
For his stories about inner-city honor students in Washington, D.C., and their determination to survive and prosper.
For her profile of a fourth-grader from Chicago's South Side and for two stories reporting on the Midwestern flood of 1993.
For his unflinching examination of his daughter's murder by a violent man who had slipped through the criminal justice system.
For "Grady's Gift," an account of the author's childhood friendship with his family's black housekeeper and the lasting lessons of their relationship.
For a compelling series about a mother who abandoned her newborn child and how it affected her life and those of others.
For a gripping account of a family's struggle to recover after its members were severely burned in an explosion that devastated their home.
For his richly compelling series, "Being Black in South Africa."
For her moving series about the life and death of an AIDS victim in a rural farm community.
For his illuminating profile of life aboard an aircraft carrier.
For his five-part series examining the life of an American farm family faced with the worst U.S. agricultural crisis since the Depression.
For her account of a blind boy's world, "A Boy of Unusual Vision."
For "Making It Fly," his account of the new Boeing 757 jetliner.
For her memorable and medically detailed account of her struggle with toxic shock syndrome.
(The prize was first awarded to Janet Cooke of The Washington Post, but it was returned two days later after The Post learned that the winning story was fabricated.)
For her masterful narrative of one scientist's mission to save a rare whale, a beautiful story fortified by expansive reporting, a quiet lyricism and disciplined use of multimedia.
For a taut, spare, devastating re-creation of the three-year imprisonment of a young man at Rikers Island, much of it spent in solitary confinement, after he was arrested for stealing a backpack.
For his story about a young woman's struggle to live a normal life after years of ghastly child abuse, an examination of human resilience in the face of depravity.
For his account of an ex-police officer’s nine-day killing spree in Southern California, notable for its pacing, character development and rich detail.
For his meticulously told tale about a group of first-year medical students in their gross anatomy class and the relationships they develop with one another and the nameless corpse on the table, an account enhanced by multimedia elements.
For her searing personal account of the survival of her premature baby, born barely viable at 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her exploration of the costs and ethics of extreme medical intervention.
For his moving portrait of a struggling swimming pool salesman that illustrates the daily emotional toll of the nation’s economic downturn.
For his deeply reported story of Derek Boogaard, a professional hockey player valued for his brawling, whose tragic story shed light on a popular sport’s disturbing embrace of potentially brain-damaging violence.
For her inspiring stories that bring the reader side-by-side with the medical professionals seeking to save the lives of gravely injured American soldiers at a combat hospital in Afghanistan.
For his engaging account of a South Carolina neurosurgeon’s quest to teach brain surgery in Tanzania, possibly providing a new model for health care in developing countries.
For his portfolio of deftly written stories that provide war-weary readers with fresh perspective on the conflict in Afghanistan.
For his portfolio of closely observed pieces that movingly capture how the great recession is changing lives and relationships in America.
For a story that chronicles the urgent life-and-death decisions made by one hospital’s exhausted doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. (Moved by the Board to the Investigative Reporting category.)
For his concise, captivating story about a rescued baby dolphin that needed a new tail and became a famous survivor, illuminating the mysterious connection between human beings and animals.
For her poignant, deeply reported story of a chiropractor who suffered a severe stroke following brain surgery and became a wildly creative artist, in many ways estranged from his former self.
For her harrowing tale of a mechanic whose arms were reattached after being severed in an accident, a disciplined narrative that takes readers on the man’s painful personal and physical journey to recover.
For his vivid account of a grizzly bear attack and the recovery of the two victims.
For his sensitive retelling of a school bus and train collision at a rural crossing in 1961 that killed 20 children.
For his fresh and compelling stories about a young public defender and his daily challenges.
For her witty and perceptive portfolio of features on an array of everyday topics.
For his rich portfolio of pieces capturing slices of life in hurricane-battered New Orleans as well as his own New York City.
For her intimate and compelling story about a federal judge whose husband and mother were murdered by an angry former plaintiff.
For her exhaustive look inside the lives of students at an alternative high school, shattering stereotypes and delineating memorable characters.
For her clear, sensitive, tirelessly reported stories on what it means to be young and gay in modern America.
For their intimate exploration of the lives of wounded soldiers returning from Iraq.
For her story chronicling more aggressive efforts by states to terminate the rights of parents.
For his lucid story on the efforts to unravel the mystery of why the Columbia space shuttle fell from the sky.
For her moving story about a wrongfully convicted man who refused to succumb to anger or bitterness.
For his sensitive, sometimes surprising chronicle of a teenage prodigy's struggle with a musical talent that proved to be both a gift and a problem.
For her empathetic and illuminating portrait of teenaged Sudanese boys resettled in the U.S. who must engage with American culture.
For his moving and textured reconstruction of the tragic events of September 11th, described through the actions of several key participants.
For her inspirational stories that chronicled the care and recovery of two students critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.
For his elegant, insightful portrait of a Tennessee family whose son shot three people at his high school.
For his moving account of a woman forced to choose between staying with her family in a Macedonian refugee camp, or leaving to marry a man in France.
For her quietly powerful stories of Mexican women who come to work in North Carolina crab shacks, in pursuit of a better life.
For his unique profile of a man struggling to recover from a brain injury.
For his moving account of a Washington lawyer whose collection of postcards helps to preserve his memories of a fleetingly happy childhood.
For "The Champ," an extraordinary documentation of a heavyweight boxer's glory days and his fall.
For his startling and original story about a bond that formed between four medical students and the cadaver they studied.
For his versatile storytelling, notably including an account of the flight of 15 Buddhist monks from Tibet through the Himalayas.
For her trio of vivid stories about three teenagers on a deadly journey, a photograph from the Oklahoma City bombing, and a vacuum cleaner that catches prairie dogs.
For "Buried Alive," his chilling profile of a woman's desperate attempts to communicate after being left mute and paralyzed by strokes.
For his detailed and highly personal account of returning to his hometown of Oklahoma City after the bombing there.
For his story examining middle class flight from the District of Columbia, and for two profiles: of a family that watches television 17 hours a day, and of a Rush Limbaugh fan.
For her account of a local businessman's secret life of drug addiction and consorting with prostitutes.
For stories about people who enjoy the outdoors, especially those with a passion for fishing.
For their chilling portrait of seven suburban teenagers accused of murdering a friend.
For his lively and vivid reporting of the celebration of a young couple's wedding.
For her moving story about a family brought together by AIDS.
For his profile of a child molester that challenged many assumptions about sexual abuse.
For her gripping account of the effort to transplant the organs of a dead boy and turn the tragedy of his death into a gift of life for others.
For "The People's Court," a detailed account of the game of basketball as it is played on New York City playgrounds.
For her story about the accidental drowning of three brothers and the effect it had on their small Missouri town.
For his stories about a local priest accused of sexual abuse.
For stories about a heroin addict's pregnancy and the birth of her addicted infant.
For her powerful story about life at a housing project overrun by the drug crack.
For richly detailed stories about a violent neighborhood feud, ethnic tensions in the Miami police department and Holocaust survivors in South Florida.
For "Into the Storm--the Story of Flight 191," a sensitive reconstruction of an airplane crash.
For three gracefully written stories dealing respectively with a prison lawsuit, a family murder and an aging stand-up comic.
For "The Fall of the House of Bingham," a skillful and sensitive report of a powerful newspaper family's bickering and how it led to the sale of a famed media empire.
For his account of how, by means of a trip through Germany and Eastern Europe, he managed to come to terms with his father's experiences in the Holocaust.
For her elegantly written and sensitive stories about the aspirations and accomplishments of ordinary people.
For his story about a family's search for the man who raped their daughter.
For his stories on illegal immigrants, sexual abuse of children and the deaths of two men.
For a series documenting the world of a young boxer and his manager.
For her moving account of Meg Casey, a victim of premature aging.
For his documentation of the work of the nation's largest burn treatment center in Seattle, Wash.
For his extraordinary account of an organ donation "Kelly's Gift," and the effects it had on the lives of four strangers.