The Washington Post
For the work of Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Sarah Cohen 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.
The Washington Post
For its sustained and often groundbreaking coverage that informed and aided the nation as it grappled with the complex and varied issues stemming from the September 11th terrorist attacks on America and their aftermath.
Breaking News Reporting
Staff of Daily News, New York, NY
For its vivid and detailed on-scene coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York City.
Staff of The New York Times
For its eloquent and precise coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks that captured the gravity, drama and historic dimension of the day's events.
Staff of Dayton Daily News
For its ambitious global examination of the ethical issues surrounding the recruiting of foreign athletes for American schools.
Duff Wilson and David Heath of The Seattle Times
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.
Craig Whitlock, David S. Fallis and April Witt of The Washington Post
For two series that documented systematic abuses, including excessive shootings and questionable murder confessions, in the Prince George's County police department.
David Finkel of The Washington Post
For his illuminating series of articles on the lives and journeys of international migrants.
Staff of The New York Times
For its sustained explanatory reporting on the nature of the structural damage at "Ground Zero," the lower Manhattan area where the World Trade Center towers collapsed.
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.
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."
Douglas M. Birch and Gary Cohn of The Baltimore Sun
For their series that suggested that university research on new drug therapies is being tainted by relationships with profit-seeking drug companies.
Gregory L. Vistica of The New York Times
For his enterprising and nuanced reporting that disclosed Senator Bob Kerrey's role in a massacre during the Vietnam War.
Dexter Filkins of The New York Times
For his gracefully-written and revealing dispatches from the war in Afghanistan.
Staff of The Washington Post
For its comprehensive and insightful coverage of the war in Afghanistan and the international al Qaeda terror network.
Ellen Barry of The Boston Globe
For her empathetic and illuminating portrait of teenaged Sudanese boys resettled in the U.S. who must engage with American culture.
David Maraniss of The Washington Post
For his moving and textured reconstruction of the tragic events of September 11th, described through the actions of several key participants.
Michael Daly of Daily News, New York, NY
For his compassionate and humane columns, particularly those written after the terrorist attack on New York City.
Nat Hentoff of The Village Voice, a New York City weekly
For his persuasive and authoritative columns on the threats to American civil liberties following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
John King of San Francisco Chronicle
For his forcefully-expressed and engaging essays illustrating the role that architecture and urban design plays in the life of his city.
Joseph Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal
For his witty and commanding criticism of contemporary films.
William H. Freivogel of St. Louis Post-Dispatch
For his editorials, passionate and powerful, opposing the nomination and policies of U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft.
Staff of Philadelphia Daily News, Editorial Board
For its crusade on behalf of the city's neglected parks.
Marshall Ramsey of Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS
Ben Sargent of The Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX
Breaking News Photography
Thomas E. Franklin of The Record, Hackensack, NJ
For his memorable photograph of three firefighters raising an American flag amidst the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.
Tyler Hicks and James Hill of The New York Times
For their comprehensive portfolio of dramatic yet humane images from the war in Afghanistan.
J. Albert Diaz of The Miami Herald
For his diverse images portraying American life in the sprawl of south Florida's Broward County.
Mike Stocker, A. Enrique Valentin and Hilda M. Perez of Sun-Sentinel
For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.