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Breaking News Reporting

2015
The Seattle Times staff, including:

Ken Armstrong, NF ’01
Craig Welch, NF ’07

The Seattle Times For its digital account of a landslide that killed 43 people and the impressive follow-up reporting that explored whether the calamity could have been avoided.
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2014
The staff of The Boston Globe, including:

David Abel, NF ’13
Christine Chinlund, NF ’98
Kevin Cullen, NF ’03
David Dahl, NF ’03
Mark Pothier, NF ’01
Stephen Smith, NF ’00

The Boston Globe For its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.
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2008
The staff of The Washington Post, including:

Michael Ruane, NF ’92

The Washington Post For its exceptional, multi-faceted coverage of the deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, telling the developing story in print and online.
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2004
The staff of the Los Angeles Times, including:

Janet Wilson, NF ’95

Los Angeles Times For its compelling and comprehensive coverage of the massive wildfires that imperiled a populated region of southern California.
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Breaking News Photography

2005
The staff of the The Associated Press, including

Anja Niedringhaus, NF ’07

The Associated Press For its stunning series of photographs of bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities.
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Commentary

2012 Mary Schmich, NF ’96 Chicago Tribune For her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.
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2009 Eugene Robinson, NF ‘88 The Washington Post For his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.
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2007 Cynthia Tucker, NF ’89 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution For her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community.
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1997 Eileen McNamara, NF ’88 The Boston Globe For her many-sided columns on Massachusetts people and issues.
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1980 Ellen Goodman, NF ’74 The Boston Globe Learn more

Criticism

1999 Blair Kamin, NF ’13 Chicago Tribune For his lucid coverage of city architecture, including an influential series supporting the development of Chicago’s lakefront area.
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1981 Jonathan Yardley, NF ’69 The Washington Star For his book reviews.
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Editorial Cartooning

1988 Doug Marlette, NF ’81 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Charlotte Observer Learn more

Editorial Writing

2007 Heidi Evans, NF ’93 New York Daily News For compassionate and compelling editorials on behalf of Ground Zero workers whose health problems were neglected by the city and the nation.
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1992 Maria Henson, NF ’94 Lexington Herald-Leader For her editorials about battered women in Kentucky, which focused statewide attention on the problem and prompted significant reforms.
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1972 John Strohmeyer, NF ’53 The Bethlehem Globe-Times For his editorial campaign to reduce racial tensions in Bethlehem.
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1966 Robert Lasch, NF ’42 St. Louis Post-Dispatch For his distinguished editorial writing in 1965.
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1958 Harry S. Ashmore, NF ’42 Arkansas Gazette For the forcefulness, dispassionate analysis and clarity of his editorials on the school integration conflict in Little Rock.
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Explanatory Reporting

2001
The staff of the Chicago Tribune, including:

Louise Kiernan, NF ’05

Chicago Tribune

For “Gateway to Gridlock,” its clear and compelling profile of the chaotic American air traffic system.
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1999 Richard Read, NF ’97 The Oregonian For vividly illustrating the domestic impact of the Asian economic crisis by profiling the local industry that exports frozen french fries.
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Feature Photography

1990 David Turnley, NF ’98 Detroit Free Press For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe.
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1985 Stan Grossfeld, NF ’92 The Boston Globe For his series of photographs of the famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border.
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1976
The photographic staff of Louisville Courier-Journal and Times, including:

Pamela Spaulding, NF ’85

The Courier-Journal For a comprehensive pictorial report on busing in Louisville’s schools.
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Feature Writing

2011 Amy Ellis Nutt, NF ’05 The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger For her deeply probing story of the mysterious sinking of a commercial fishing boat in the Atlantic Ocean that drowned six men.
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2010 Gene Weingarten, NF ’88 The Washington Post For his haunting story about parents, from varying walks of life, who accidentally kill their children by forgetting them in cars.
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2008 Gene Weingarten, NF ’88 The Washington Post For his chronicling of a world-class violinist who, as an experiment, played beautiful music in a subway station filled with unheeding commuters.
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2005 Julia Keller, NF ’98 Chicago Tribune For her gripping, meticulously reconstructed account of a deadly 10-second tornado that ripped through Utica, Illinois.
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2000 J.R. Moehringer, NF ’01 Los Angeles Times For his portrait of Gee’s Bend, an isolated river community in Alabama where many descendants of slaves live, and how a proposed ferry to the mainland might change it.
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1996 Rick Bragg, NF ’93 The New York Times For his elegantly written stories about contemporary America.
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1980 Madeleine Blais, NF ’86 The Miami Herald For “Zepp’s Last Stand.”
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General News Reporting

1989
The staff of Louisville Courier-Journal, including

Pamela Spaulding, NF ’85

The Courier-Journal For its exemplary initial coverage of a bus crash that claimed 27 lives and its subsequent thorough and effective examination of the causes and implications of the tragedy.
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1988
The staff of The Alabama Journal, including:

Jim Tharpe, NF ’89

The Alabama Journal For its compelling investigation of the state’s unusually high infant-mortality rate, which prompted legislation to combat the problem.
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International Reporting

2009
The staff of The New York Times, including:

Dexter Filkins, NF ’07
Carlotta Gall, NF ’12
Pir Zubair Shah, NF ’12

The New York Times For its masterful, groundbreaking coverage of America’s deepening military and political challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, reporting frequently done under perilous condition
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2007
The staff of The Wall Street Journal, including:

Jane Spencer, NF ’13

The Wall Street Journal For its sharply edged reports on the adverse impact of China’s booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution.
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2003 Mary Jordan, NF ’90 The Washington Post For the exposure of horrific conditions in Mexico’s criminal justice system and how they affect the daily lives of people.
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2001 Ian Johnson, NF ’07 The Wall Street Journal For his revealing stories from China about victims of the government’s often brutal suppression of the Falun Gong movement and the implications of that campaign for the future.
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1999
The staff of The Wall Street Journal, including:

Carla Robbins, NF ’90

The Wall Street Journal For its in-depth, analytical coverage of the Russian financial crisis.
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1994
The Dallas Morning News Team of The Dallas Morning News, including:

David Marcus, NF ’96
Beatriz Terrazas, NF ’99

The Dallas Morning News For its series examining the epidemic of violence against women in many nations.
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1981 Shirley Christian, NF ’74 The Miami Herald For her dispatches from Central America.
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1974 Hedrick Smith, NF ’70 The New York Times For his coverage of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe in 1973.
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1967 John Hughes, NF ’62 The Christian Science Monitor For his thorough reporting of the attempted Communist coup in Indonesia in 1965 and the purge that followed in 1965-66.
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1951 Keyes Beech, NF ’53 Chicago Daily News For reporting of the Korean War.
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Investigative Reporting

2012 Ken Armstrong, NF ’01 The Seattle Times For the investigation of how a little known governmental body in Washington State moved vulnerable patients from safer pain-control medication to methadone, a cheaper but more dangerous drug, coverage that prompted statewide health warnings.
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1991 Joseph Hallinan, NF ’98 The Indianapolis Star For the shocking series on medical malpractice in the state.
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1988 Ann Marie Lipinski, NF ’90 Chicago Tribune For the detailed reporting on the self-interest and waste that plague Chicago’s City Council.
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1987 Daniel R. Biddle, NF ’90
H.G. Bissinger, NF ’86
Fredric N. Tulsky, NF ’89
The Philadelphia Inquirer For their series “Disorder in the Court,” which revealed transgressions of justice in the Philadelphia court system and led to federal and state investigations.
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1985 William K. Marimow, NF ’83 The Philadelphia Inquirer For his revelation that city police dogs had attacked more than 350 people — an expose that led to investigations of the K-9 unit and the removal of a dozen officers from it.
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Local General or Spot News Reporting

1982
The staff of Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times, including:

Chris Waddle, NF ’05

The Kansas City Times For coverage of the Hyatt Regency Hotel disaster and identification of its causes.
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1980
The staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer, including:

Rodney Nordland, NF ’89

The Philadelphia Inquirer For coverage of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.
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1976 Gene Miller, NF ’68 The Miami Herald For his persistent and courageous reporting over eight and one-half years that led to the exoneration and release of two men who had twice been tried for murder and wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Florida.
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1971
The staff of the Akron Beacon Journal, including

Robert H. Giles, NF ’66
Gene Miller NF ’68

Akron Beacon Journal For its coverage of the Kent State University tragedy on May 4, 1970.
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1968
The staff of the Detroit Free Press, including

Saul Friedman, NF ’63
Philip Meyer, NF ’67

Detroit Free Press For its coverage of the Detroit riots of 1967, recognizing both the brilliance of its detailed spot news staff work and its swift and accurate investigation into the underlying causes of the tragedy.
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Local Investigative Specialized Reporting

1980 Robert Porterfield, NF ’79 The Boston Globe For articles on Boston’s transit system.
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1979 Gilbert Gaul, NF ’83 Pottsville Republican For stories on the destruction of the Blue Coal Company by men with ties to organized crime.
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1977 Acel Moore, NF ’80 The Philadelphia Inquirer For the reports on conditions in the Farview (Pa.) State Hospital for the mentally ill.
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1968 J. Anthony Lukas, NF ’69 The New York Times For the social document he wrote in his investigation of the life and the murder of Linda Fitzpatrick.
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1967 Gene Miller, NF ’68 The Miami Herald Whose initiative and investigative reporting helped to free two persons wrongfully convicted of murder.
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1965 Gene Goltz, NF ’70 The Houston Post For his expose of government corruption Pasadena, Texas, which resulted in widespread reforms.
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Local Reporting

2010 Raquel Rutledge, NF ’12 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 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.
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National Reporting

2006
The staffs of The San Diego Union-Tribune and Copley News Service, including:

Jerry Kammer, NF ’94

Copley News Service For their disclosure of bribe-taking that sent former Rep. Randy Cunningham to prison in disgrace.
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2001
The staff of The New York Times, including:

Gerald Boyd, NF ’81

The New York Times For its compelling and memorable series exploring racial experiences and attitudes across contemporary America.
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2000
The staff of The Wall Street Journal, inlucind:

Carla Robbins, NF ’90

The Wall Street Journal For its revealing stories that question U.S. defense spending and military deployment in the post-Cold War era and offer alternatives for the future.
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1990 William Dietrich, NF ’88 The Seattle Times For coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath.
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1987
The staff of The New York Times, including

Nancy Lee, NF ’87

The New York Times For coverage of the aftermath of the Challenger explosion, which included stories that identified serious flaws in the shuttle’s design and in the administration of America’s space program.
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1986 George Rodrigue, NF ’90 The Dallas Morning News For their investigation into subsidized housing in East Texas, which uncovered patterns of racial discrimination and segregation in public housing across the United States and led to significant reforms.
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1970 William Eaton, NF ’63 The Chicago Daily News For disclosures about the background of Judge Clement F. Haynesworth Jr., in connection with his nomination for the United States Supreme Court.
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1963 Anthony Lewis, NF ’57 The New York Times For his distinguished reporting of the proceedings of the United States Supreme Court during the year, with particular emphasis on the coverage of the decision in the reapportionment case and its consequences in many of the States of the Union.
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1962 Nathan Caldwell, NF ’41 The Tennessean For the exclusive disclosure and six years of detailed reporting, under great difficulties, of the undercover cooperation between management interests in the coal industry and the United Mine Workers.
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1958 Clark Mollenhoff, NF ’50 The Des Moines Register and Tribune For his persistent inquiry into labor racketeering, which included investigatory reporting of wide significance.
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1955 Anthony Lewis, NF ’57 Washington Daily News For publishing a series of articles which were adjudged directly responsible for clearing Abraham Chasanow, an employee of the U.S. Navy Department, and bringing about his restoration to duty with an acknowledgment by the Navy Department that it had committed a grave injustice in dismissing him as a security risk. Mr. Lewis received the full support of his newspaper in championing an American citizen, without adequate funds or resources for his defense, against an unjust act by a government department. This is in the best tradition of American journalism.
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1950 Edwin O. Guthman, NF ’51 The Seattle Times For his series on the clearing of Communist charges of Professor Melvin Rader, who had been accused of attending a secret Communist school.
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Public Service

2008 Anne Hull, NF ’95 The Washington Post In exposing mistreatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, evoking a national outcry and producing reforms by federal officials.
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2003
The staff of The Boston Globe, including:

Kevin Cullen, NF ’03

The Boston Globe For its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.
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2002
The staff of The New York Times, including:

Chris Hedges, NF ’99

The New York Times For “A Nation Challenged,” a special section published regularly after the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, which coherently and comprehensively covered the tragic events, profiled the victims, and tracked the developing story, locally and globally.
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2001
The staff of The Oregonia, including:

Brent Walth, NF ’06
Richard Read, NF ’97

The Oregonian For its detailed and unflinching examination of systematic problems within the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, including harsh treatment of foreign nationals and other widespread abuses, which prompted various reforms.
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1999
The staff of The Washington post, including:

David Jackson, NF ’09

The Washington Post For its series that identified and analyzed patterns of reckless gunplay by city police officers who had little training or supervision.
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1998
The staff of the Grand Forks Herald, including:

Bryan Monroe, NF ’03

Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald For its sustained and informative coverage, vividly illustrated with photographs, that helped hold its community together in the wake of flooding, a blizzard and a fire that devastated much of the city, including the newspaper plant itself.
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1996 Melanie Sill, NF ’94 The Raleigh News & Observer On the environmental and health risks of waste disposal systems used in North Carolina’s growing hog industry.
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1991
The staff of The Des Moines Register, including:

Geneva Overholser, NF ’86

The Des Moines Register For reporting by Jane Schorer that, with the victim’s consent, named a woman who had been raped — which prompt widespread reconsideration of the traditional media practice of concealing the identity of rape victims.
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1990 Gilbert Gaul, NF ’83 The Philadelphia Inquirer For reporting that disclosed how the American blood industry operates with little government regulation or supervision.
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1989
The staff of the Anchorage Daily news, including:

W. Patrick Dougherty, NF ’89

Anchorage Daily News For reporting about the high incidence of alcoholism and suicide among native Alaskans in a series that focused attention on their despair and resulted in various reforms.
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1988
The staff of The Charlotte Observer, including:

Charles Shepard, NF ’91

The Charlotte Observer For revealing misuse of funds by the PTL television ministry through persistent coverage conducted in the face of a massive campaign by PTL to discredit the newspaper.
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1987 Matthew Brelis, NF ’02 The Pittsburgh Press For reporting which revealed the inadequacy of the FAA’s medical screening of airline pilots and led to significant reforms.
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1984
The staff of the Los Angeles Times, including:

Frank Del Olmo, NF ’88

Los Angeles Times For an in-depth examination of southern California’s growing Latino community by a team of editors and reporters.
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1978
The staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer, including:

William Marimow, NF ’83

The Philadelphia Inquirer For a series of articles showing abuses of power by the police in its home city.
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1976
The staff of the Anchorage Daily News, including:

Robert Porterfield, NF ’79

Anchorage Daily News For its disclosures of the impact and influence of the Teamsters Union on Alaska’s economy and politics.
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1972
The staff of The New York Times, including:

Hedrick Smith, NF ’70

The New York Times For the publication of the Pentagon Papers.
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1967
The staff of The Louisville Courier-Journal, including:

E. Hugh Morris, NF ’51
John Edward Pearce, NF ’58

The Louisville Courier-Journal For its successful campaign to control the Kentucky strip mining industry, a notable advance in the national effort for the conservation of natural resources.
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1966
The staff of The Boston Globe, including

Jim Doyle, NF ’65
Bob Healy, NF ’56

The Boston Globe For its campaign to prevent confirmation of Francis X Morrissey as a Federal District Judge in Massachusetts.
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1965
The staff of The Hutchinson News, including:

John P. McCormally, NF ’50
Donald Kendall, NF ’65

The Hutchinson (Kan.) News For its courageous and constructive campaign, culminating in 1964, to bring about more equitable reapportionment of the Kansas Legislature, despite powerful opposition in its own community.
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1957
The staff of the Chicago Daily News, including:

Edmund Rooney, NF ’60

Chicago Daily News For determined and courageous public service in exposing a $2,500,000 fraud centering in the office of the State Auditor of Illinois, resulting in the indictment and conviction of the State Auditor and others. This led to the reorganization of State procedures to prevent a recurrence of the fraud.
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1955
The staff of Columbus (GA) Ledger and Sunday Ledger-Enquirer, including:

Robert W. Brown, NF ’52
Ray Jenkins, NF ’65
Carlton M. Johnson, NF ’55

The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger and Sunday Ledger-Enquirer For its complete news coverage and fearless editorial attack on widespread corruption in neighboring Phenix City, Ala., which were effective in destroying a corrupt and racket-ridden city government. The newspaper exhibited an early awareness of the evils of lax law enforcement before the situation in Phenix City erupted into murder. It covered the whole unfolding story of the final prosecution of the wrong-doers with skill, perception, force and courage.
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Reporting

1943 George Weller, NF ’48 Chicago Daily News For his graphic story of how a U.S. Navy Pharmacist’s Mate under enemy waters in a submarine performed an operation for appendicitis saving a sailor’s life.
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Specialized Reporting

1987 Alex Jones, NF ’82 The New York Times For “The Fall of the House of Bingham,” a skillful and sensitive report of a powerful newspaper family’s bickering and how it led to the sale of a famed media empire.
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Spot News Photography

1991 Greg Marinovich, NF ’14 Associated Press For a series of photographs of supporters of South Africa’s African National Congress brutally murdering a man they believed to be a Zulu spy.
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1984 Stan Grossfeld, NF ’92 The Boston Globe For his series of unusual photographs which reveal the effects of war on the people of Lebanon.
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1977 Stanley Forman, NF ’80 The Boston Herald-American For his photograph of a youth using the flag as a lance in street disorders.
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1976 Stanley Forman, NF ’80 The Boston Herald-American For his sequence of photographs of a fire in Boston on July 22, 1975.
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Biography and Autobiography

2003 Robert A. Caro, NF ’66   “Master of the Senate”
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1975 Robert A. Caro, NF ’66   “The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York”
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Fiction

1950 A.B. Guthrie Jr., NF ’45   “The Way West”
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General Nonfiction

1990 Dale Maharidge, NF ’88   “And Their Children After Them”
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1986 J. Anthony Lukas, NF ’69   “Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families”
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History

2007 Gene Roberts, NF ’62   “The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation”
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1990 Stanley Karnow, NF ’58   “In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines”
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