The Los Angeles Times, for its thorough, sustained and well-conceived attack on narcotics traffic and the enterprising reporting of Gene Sherman, which led to the opening of negotiations between the United States and Mexico to halt the flow of illegal drugs into southern California and other border states.
Miriam Ottenberg of Evening Star, for a series of seven articles exposing a used-car racket in Washington, D.C., that victimized many unwary buyers. The series led to new regulations to protect the public and served to alert other communities to such sharp practices.
A. M. Rosenthal of The New York Times, for his perceptive and authoritative reporting from Poland. Mr. Rosenthal's subsequent expulsion from the country was attributed by Polish government spokesmen to the depth his reporting into Polish affairs, there being no accusation of false reporting.
Lenoir Chambers, editor of The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, for his series of editorials on the school integration problem in Virginia, as exemplified by The Year the Schools Closed, published January 1, 1959, and The Year the Schools Opened, published December 31, 1959.
Andrew Lopez of United Press International, for his series of four photographs of a corporal, formerly of Dictator Batista's army, who was executed by a Castro firing squad, the principal picture showing the condemned man receiving last rites.