For their inquiry into widespread corruption in a small, cash-strapped school district, including impressive use of the paper’s website.
For their relentless investigation into the squalid conditions that marked housing for the city’s substantial homeless population, leading to swift reforms.
For their powerful reports on the spike in infant deaths at poorly regulated day-care homes, resulting in legislative action to strengthen rules.
For courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky.
For their immersive documentation of violence in Chicago neighborhoods, probing the lives of victims, criminals and detectives as a widespread code of silence impedes solutions.
For her penetrating reports on the fraud and abuse in a child-care program for low-wage working parents that fleeced taxpayers and imperiled children, resulting in a state and federal crackdown on providers.
For their uncovering of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, prompting an investigation of perjury that eventually led to jail terms for the two officials.
For their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety.
For his stories on the skirting of tax laws to pad pensions of county employees, prompting change and possible prosecution of key figures.
For reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency that resulted in dismissals, investigations and prosecutions.
For his stories of a "ransom racket" extorting money from Chinese in the United States for relations held in Red China.
For his series of articles on tax frauds which culminated in an expose within the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
For his 4,000 word story on the mass killings by Howard Unruh in Camden, N.J.
For his series of 24 articles entitled "Crime on the Waterfront" in New York City.
For their probe into government corruption in a Chicago suburb, using public records, human stories and shoe-leather reporting to lay out the consequences.
For courageous reporting on the execution process in Oklahoma after a botched execution – reporting that began a national discussion.
For using an array of journalistic tools to explore the "no-snitch" culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South.
For their jarring exposure of how heroin has permeated the suburbs of northern New Jersey, profiling addicts and anguished families and mapping the drug pipeline from South America to their community.
For their tenacious joint project investigating how the state’s major nonprofit hospitals generate large profits and contribute to the high cost of health care.
For their aggressive coverage of hazing rituals by the Florida A&M University marching band that killed a drum major and led to the resignation of the band leader and the university president.
For its rigorous probe of deficient earthquake protection in the construction of public schools across the state, telling the story with words, graphics, videos and other tools.
For their tenacious exposure of disgraceful conditions in federally-supported housing in a small rural community that, within hours, triggered a state investigation.
For their compelling reports on patients who suffered preventable injuries and other harm during hospital care, taking advantage of print and digital tools to drive home their findings.
For his courageous and determined efforts to unravel a long forgotten Ku Klux Klan murder during the Civil Rights era.
For his painstaking stories on the spike in violence within a battered combat brigade returning to Fort Carson after bloody deployments to Iraq, leading to increased mental health care for soldiers.
For their dogged reporting and searing storytelling that illuminated decades of abuse at a Florida reform school for boys and sparked remedial action.
For their multifaceted examination of a murder case that showed deep understanding of the community, its social ills and the often frustrating path to justice.
For their dogged exposure, in print and online, of predatory teachers and the system that protects them, stirring state and national action.
For their probe of how plans to build a luxury community atop old landfills became entangled in questionable state loans and other allegations of favoritism.
For its well documented exposure, in print and online, of unscrupulous debt collectors, causing two firms to close and prompting action by state officials.