For reporting that showed how the influence of lobbyists can sway congressional leaders and state attorneys general, slanting justice toward the wealthy and connected.
For "Medicare Unmasked," a pioneering project that gave Americans unprecedented access to previously confidential data on the motivations and practices of their health care providers.
For his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.
For their reports on how Wal-Mart used widespread bribery to dominate the market in Mexico, resulting in changes in company practices.
For their spotlighting of the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation, and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.
For their investigation of how a little known governmental body in Washington State moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug, coverage that prompted statewide health warnings.
For her examination of weaknesses in the murky property-insurance system vital to Florida homeowners, providing handy data to assess insurer reliability and stirring regulatory action.
For their resourceful reporting that exposed a rogue police narcotics squad, resulting in an FBI probe and the review of hundreds of criminal cases tainted by the scandal.
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.
For his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended.
For their stories on toxic ingredients in medicine and other everyday products imported from China, leading to crackdowns by American and Chinese officials.
For its exposure of faulty governmental regulation of toys, car seats and cribs, resulting in the extensive recall of hazardous products and congressional action to tighten supervision.
For his exposure of cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action. (Moved by the Board from the Public Service category.)
For their indefatigable probe of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff that exposed congressional corruption and produced reform efforts.
For his investigation exposing a former governor’s long concealed sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
For their powerful series on atrocities by Tiger Force, an elite U.S. Army platoon, during the Vietnam War.
For his vivid, brilliantly written series "Broken Homes" that exposed the abuse of mentally ill adults in state-regulated homes.
For a series that exposed the District of Columbia's role in the neglect and death of 229 children placed in protective care between 1993 and 2000, which prompted an overhaul of the city's child welfare system.
For his pioneering exposé of seven unsafe prescription drugs that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and an analysis of the policy reforms that had reduced the agency's effectiveness.
For revealing, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of Korean civilians in a massacre at the No Gun Ri Bridge.
For its detailed reporting that revealed pervasive voter fraud in a city mayoral election, that was subsequently overturned.
For their compelling series on the international shipbreaking industry, that revealed the dangers posed to workers and the environment when discarded ships are dismantled.
For their investigation of widespread corruption and inequities in the federally-sponsored housing program for Native Americans, which inspired much-needed reforms.
For reporting that uncovered fraudulent and unethical fertility practices at a leading research university hospital and prompted key regulatory reforms.
For their stories that revealed disability pension abuses by local police.
For thorough reporting that disclosed pervasive corruption within the Rhode Island court system.
For exposing the unjust seizure of millions of dollars from motorists --most of them minorities-- by a sheriff's drug squad.
For reporting that charged Texas police with extensive misconduct and abuses of power.
For their shocking series on medical malpractice in the state.
For reporting that exposed a network of local citizens who had links to members of the St. Paul fire department and who profited from fires, including some described by the fire department itself as being of suspicious origin.
For his investigation of the racial discrimination practiced by lending institutions in Atlanta, reporting which led to significant reforms in those policies.
For their detailed reporting on the self-interest and waste that plague Chicago's City Council.
For outstanding prison beat reporting, which included proving the innocence of a man convicted of murder.
For their series "Disorder in the Court," which revealed transgressions of justice in the Philadelphia court system and led to federal and state investigations.
For their series "Playing Above the Rules," which exposed cash payoffs to University of Kentucky basketball players in violation of NCAA regulations and led to significant reforms.
For his revelation that city police dogs had attacked more than 350 people -- an expose that led to investigations of the K-9 unit and the removal of a dozen officers from it.
For their exposé of the perils faced by abused children placed in Illinois’s residential treatment centers.
For her exposure of an underground Internet marketplace where parents could bypass social welfare regulations and get rid of children they had adopted overseas but no longer wanted, the stories triggering governmental action to curb the practice.
For their probe of a Las Vegas mental hospital that used commercial buses to "dump" more than 1,500 psychiatric patients in 48 states over five years, reporting that brought an end to the practice and the firing of hospital employees.
For their exposure of manufacturers that imperil public health by continuing to use toxic fire retardants in household furniture and crib mattresses, triggering reform efforts at the state and national level.
For her probe into unlicensed religious group-homes where children were beaten and locked in closet-size rooms for violating senseless rules, prompting action by state authorities
For their exposure of a neglectful state justice system that allowed dozens of brutal criminals to evade punishment by fleeing the country, sparking moves for corrective change.
For his spotlighting of medical radiation errors that injure thousands of Americans, sparking national discussion and remedial steps.
For their investigation, in print and online, of 13 deaths at a home for severely disabled children and young adults, resulting in a state effort to close the facility.
For their in-depth reporting and computer analysis that unraveled $10 billion in suspicious Florida real estate transactions, triggering local and state efforts to curb abuses.
For relentless reporting on contaminated hamburger and other food safety issues that, in print and online, spotlighted defects in federal regulation and led to improved practices.(Moved by the Board to the Explanatory Reporting category)
For his meticulously researched stories that, in the face of threats, exposed financial abuses by the head of California’s largest union, leading to investigations, the leader’s departure from office and repayment of misappropriated funds.
For their powerful revelations that the government was failing to protect the public from dangerous chemicals in everyday products, such as some “microwave-safe” containers, stirring action by Congress and federal agencies.
For their reports on how destruction of evidence in criminal cases across the nation can free the guilty and convict the innocent, prompting official efforts to correct breakdowns.
For their series that exposed how the improper sealing of hundreds of lawsuits hid information vital to public safety, and resulted in remedial judicial steps.
For their probe of sexual misconduct by health-care professionals that included creation of an extensive online database of offenders and caused a tightening of state regulation.
For their in-depth reports on suicide among American soldiers in Iraq, leading to congressional and military action to address mental health problems raised in the stories.
For their exposure of problems in the management of the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world's richest art institution, and in acquisition practices at other museums.
For their in-depth reports on the federal government's widespread mismanagement of hurricane aid, triggering indictments and other remedial action.
For her revelations that thousands of vulnerable American soldiers were exploited by some insurance companies, investment firms and lenders.
For his exposure of glaring injustice in the handling of traffic tickets by public officials.
For their detailed stories that revealed questionable practices by a respected environmental organization and that produced sweeping reforms.
For their relentless examination of death and injury among American workers and exposure of employers who break basic safety rules. (Moved by the Board to the Public Service category, where it was also entered.)
For their revelatory and moving examination of a military aircraft, nicknamed "The Widow Maker," that was linked to the deaths of 45 pilots. (Moved by the Board to the National Reporting category, where it was also entered.)
For its outstanding blend of investigation and evocative storytelling that showed how a footloose Algerian boy evolved into a terrorist.
For its ambitious global examination of the ethical issues surrounding the recruiting of foreign athletes for American schools.
For a penetrating investigation of a local cancer research center, reporting that some patients who died in two failed clinical trials were deprived of essential information about the trials' risks, and were given drugs in which the center and its doctors had a financial interest.
For two series that documented systematic abuses, including excessive shootings and questionable murder confessions, in the Prince George's County police department.
For their persistent reporting that dispelled, locally and nationally, the secrecy cloaking the mistakes of practicing doctors who have been subjected to disciplinary actions or compelled to make malpractice payments.
For his illuminating reporting on the arbitrary and inconsistent administration of the federal system that grants political asylum to refugees entering the U.S.
For reporting that disclosed how pharmaceutical companies secretly paid doctors to test drugs on patients.
For a series of articles that cited a 50-year pattern of misconduct by the American government and the beryllium industry in the production of metal used in nuclear bombs, which resulted in death and injury to dozens of workers, leading to government investigations and safety reforms.
For her reporting that revealed how a controversial chemical sterilization technique was exported by American population control advocates and used on women in Third World countries, a disclosure that prompted significant reforms.
For their investigation of the hidden dangers of cosmetic surgery, a growing yet largely unregulated medical industry.
For their reporting that disclosed how hundreds of local police officers routinely served as unnecessary witnesses in misdemeanor arrests to gain overtime pay.
For its investigation of the corrupt financial practices charged to the Rev. Henry Lyons, president of the National Baptist Convention.
For engendering regulatory reform through dogged reporting, which revealed that housing officials in the city owned neglected inner-city properties.
For its expose of abuse of disability benefits by retired public employees, prompting reform of the Massachusetts pension system.
For reporting on widespread Medicaid abuse in the state involving prominent officials.
For stories that probed questionable business dealings of the Nation of Islam.
For their series of stories exposing abuses by Ohio doctors and hospitals, which resulted in significant reforms in the state's regulatory system.
For a series of articles that disclosed careless hiring, training and disciplinary procedures within the District of Columbia police department
For their reports that exposed costly fraud and mismanagement plaguing Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New York state, America's largest not-for-profit health insurer.
For stories that revealed sexual abuse and other criminal acts within the local compound held by members of the Branch Davidian cult.
For their series about victims of botched radiation therapy and lax regulation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other agencies.
For investigations of corruption by a Missouri attorney general and a St. Louis chief prosecutor.
For stories that identified the major causes of the decline of Buffalo's older neighborhoods and proposed possible solutions.
For an investigation that revealed secret links between the Rochester Institute of Technology and the CIA.
For its persistent investigation of financial abuses at a University of South Carolina foundation, which prompted significant reforms.
For reports revealing that the Oakland Police Department had routinely neglected to investigate rape charges, which prompted the reopening of more than 200 cases.
For persistent reporting that freed an innocent man serving a 55-year prison sentence.
For an investigation disclosing the inadequate health care system in America's federal prisons, reporting that prompted a Congressional inquiry.
For "Cheating Our Children." a series that examined local political abuses and their damaging effect on Kentucky's public schools.
For her investigation of dangerous practices and fraud in Virginia's pest control industry.
For a series about how court secrecy procedures have created a system of private justice within the public courts.
For her reports on a public housing program that allowed prosperous tenants to live in city projects intended for citizens with limited income.
For documenting pervasive racial injustice in Georgia's Toombs Judicial Circuit.
For their reports on the mishandled investigation of the Green River murders, the biggest unsolved serial killer case in America.
For his resourceful investigation of the dealings of Mexican drug lords.
For their four-part series, which documented the misuse of funds by the Shrine of North America, the nation's richest charity, and spurred subsequent investigations in six states.
For their persistent and thorough investigation of self-proclaimed mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas, which exposed him as the perpetrator of a massive hoax.
For their investigation of Congressman Bill Boner's financial dealings, which revealed flagrant abuses and caused the U.S. Justice Department to re-open an investigation of the matter.
For reporting which revealed that nearly 250 U.S. servicemen had lost their lives as a result of a design problem in helicopters built by Bell Helicopter-- a revelation which ultimately led the Army to ground almost 600 Huey helicopters pending their modification.