||Las Vegas Sun and notably Alexandra Berzon
||" ... for the exposure of the high death rate among construction workers on the Las Vegas Strip amid lax enforcement of regulations, leading to changes in policy and improved safety conditions." Original series
|Breaking news reporting
||The New York Times
||" ... for its swift and sweeping coverage of a sex scandal that resulted in the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer, breaking the story on its Web site and then developing it with authoritative, rapid-fire reports."
||David Barstow of The New York Times
||" ... for his tenacious reporting that revealed how some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended." Original series, pt. 1, Original series, pt. 2
||Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times
||" ... for their fresh and painstaking exploration into the cost and effectiveness of attempts to combat the growing menace of wildfires across the western United States." Original series
||Detroit Free Press, and notably Jim Schaefer and M.L. Elrick
||" ... for their uncovering of a pattern of lies by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that included denial of a sexual relationship with his female chief of staff, prompting an investigation of perjury that eventually led to jail terms for the two officials."
||Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune
||" ... for their adroit use of limited resources to reveal, in print and online, how a popular sheriff’s focus on immigration enforcement endangered investigation of violent crime and other aspects of public safety." Original series
||St. Petersburg Times
||" ... for “PolitiFact,” its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine more than 750 political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters."
||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 conditions." Original series
||Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times
||" ... for her moving, richly detailed story of a neglected little girl, found in a roach-infested room, unable to talk or feed herself, who was adopted by a new family committed to her nurturing." Original series
||Eugene Robinson of 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."
||Holland Cotter of The New York Times
||" ... for his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling."
||Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star
||" ... for his relentless, down-to-earth editorials on the perils of local government secrecy, effectively admonishing citizens to uphold their right to know."
||Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune
||" ... for his agile use of a classic style to produce wide ranging cartoons that engage readers with power, clarity and humor. " Cartoonist's page
|Breaking news photography
||Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald
||" ... for his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti." Photographer's page
||Damon Winter of The New York Times
||" ... for his memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign." Photographer's page
Not awarded in 2009.