5. LOCAL REPORTING
For a distinguished example of local reporting that illuminatessignificant issues or concerns, in print or in print and online, Ten thousanddollars (
Awarded to Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency that resulted in dismissals, investigations and prosecutions.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Boston Globe Stafffor its well documented exposure, in print and online, of unscrupulous debt collectors, causing two firms to close and prompting action by state officials, and Fred Schulte and June Arney of The Baltimore Sun for theirreports, in print and online, about abuses under an archaic state law that threatened to turn hundreds out of their homes.
6. NATIONAL REPORTING
For a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, in print orin print and online, Ten thousand dollars (
Awarded to Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe for his revelations that President Bush often used "signing statements" to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Maurice Possley and Steve Mills of the Chicago Tribune for their investigation of a 1989 executionin Texas that strongly suggests an innocent man was killed by lethalinjection, and Les Zaitz, Jeff Kosseff and Bryan Denson of The Oregonian, Portland , for their disclosure of mismanagement and other abuses in federally-subsidized programs for disabled workers, stirring congressional action.
7. INTERNATIONAL REPORTING
For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, inprint or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars (
Awarded to The Wall Street Journal Staff for its sharply edged reports onthe adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging frominequality to pollution.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Los Angeles Times Staff for its courageous chronicling of Iraq's descent into what the newspaperlabeled "civil war," and Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post for his vividand insightful coverage of conflict in Lebanon that wove together frontline dispatches, personal history and analysis.
8. FEATURE WRITING
For a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime considerationto quality of writing, originality and concision, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars (
Awarded to Andrea Elliott of The New York Times for her intimate, richlytextured portrait of an immigrant imam striving to find his way and serve hisfaithful in America.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Christopher Goffard ofthe St. Petersburg Times for his fresh and compelling stories about a youngpublic defender and his daily challenges, and Inara Verzemnieks of TheOregonian, Portland , for her witty and perceptive portfolio of features on anarray of everyday topics.
For distinguished commentary, in print or in print and online, Tenthousand dollars (
Awarded to Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for hercourageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality andpersuasive knowledge of the community.