For a distinguished example of beat reporting characterized by sustained and knowledgeable coverage of a particular subject or activity, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).
Awarded to Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times for her trenchant and incisive Wall Street coverage.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Patrick Healy of The Boston Globe for his reporting on education, including a compassionate examination of student suicides at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and revelations of grade inflation at Harvard University, coverage that spawned reforms, and Jack Kelley* of USA Today for his wide-ranging and prescient reporting on centers of foreign terrorism, often conducted at personal risk.
*In 2004, after investigating allegations of journalistic misconduct on the part of Mr. Kelley, USA Today concluded that four of the articles in this 2002 entry contained false information. Had the Board known of this at the time it would have disqualified the entry. Mr. Kelley defended his work in general but apologized for "serious mistakes."