For a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).
Awarded to Clifford J. Levy of The New York Times for his vivid, brilliantly written series "Broken Homes" that exposed the abuse of mentally ill adults in state-regulated homes.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Alan Miller and Kevin Sack of the Los Angeles Times 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.), and The Seattle Times Staff for its outstanding blend of investigation and evocative storytelling that showed how a footloose Algerian boy evolved into a terrorist.