Winners of the 75th annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J., by category, followed by second- and third-place finishers:


Daily Newspapers

Writing and Reporting

Spot news: The Wall Street Journal, "Crisis on Wall Street"; Detroit Free Press, "A Mayor in Crisis"; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Kirkwood Shootings."

News beat coverage or continuing story: The Chicago Tribune, Paul Salopek, "America's Hidden Wars in Africa"; The Boston Globe, Staff Entry, "Madoff"; The Wall Street Journal, Staff Entry, "Financial Crisis."

News Series, circulation up to 75,000: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, Staff Entry, "Domestic Violence"; Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D., Steve Young and Lara Neel, "Reservation Suicide Surge"; Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic, Leah Beth Ward, "Hidden Wells, Dirty Water."

News Series, circulation over 75,000: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan Uebelherr, "Ambassador Mahal"; Chicago Tribune, Staff Entry, "Domestic Violence"; Los Angeles Times, Jason Felch and Maura Dolan, "Genes as Evidence."

Local interest column on a variety of subjects: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Daniel Bice, "No Quarter"; Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom; Chicago Tribune, John Kass, "Politics, Chicago and Obama."

Special or feature column on one subject: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Regina Brett, "The Inheritance"; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, John Pendygraft, "Paycheck to Paycheck"; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Jeff Klinkenberg, "Real Florida."

Editorial writing: Detroit Free Press, editorial board; Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.) Democrat-Gazette, David Barham; The (Glens Falls, N.Y.) Post-Star, Mark Mahoney.

Sports column: The Kansas City (Mo.) Star, Joe Posnanski; Detroit Free Press, Mitch Albom; The Oregonian, John Canzano.

Sports writing: The Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy; The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees, Andrew Wolfson and Greg Hall, "Tragedy on the Track"; San Diego Union-Tribune, Brent Schrotenboer.

Feature writing on a variety of subjects: St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Lane DeGregory; The Philadelphia Inquirer, Melissa Dribben; The Associated Press, Ted Anthony.

Business news coverage: The Miami Herald, Jack Dolan, Matthew Haggman, Rob Barry, "Borrowers Betrayed"; The Boston Globe, Farah Stockman, "Multinational Corporations Get Around U.S. Laws"; USA Today, Gary Stoller, "Airlines Rising Fares."

Education writing: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Scott Stephens and Edith Starzyk, "Putting Teachers to the Test"; The Oregonian, Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas, Bill Graves, "Disciplining Oregon Teachers"; Newsday of Melville, N.Y., Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, "School Lunch on LI."

Health/medical/science writing: The Miami Herald, Jay Weaver, "South Florida's Medicare Racket"; The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Josephine Marcotty, Chen May Yee, Warren Wolfe, Maura Lerner, "Your Choice: Health Care's New Era"; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, John Mangels.

Environmental reporting: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dan Egan, "Great Lakes, Great Peril"; The Philadelphia Inquirer, John Shiffman, John Sullivan, Tom Avril, "Smoke and Mirrors"; The (Columbia, S.C.) State, Sammy Fretwell, John Monk, Eileen Waddell, "DHEC Under Fire."

Investigative reporting: Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Ames Alexander, Kerry Hall, Franco Ordonez, "The Cruelest Cuts"; The Washington Post, Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen, "Forced Out"; The Associated Press, Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza, Justin Pritchard, "PharmaWater."

Public service, First Place and Grand Award winner-news division: Detroit Free Press, Staff Entry, "Mayor in Crisis"; Newsday, Melville, N.Y., Sandra Peddie and Eden Laikin, "The Pension and Privileges Jackpot"; USA Today, (McLean, Va.) Blake Morrison and Brad Heath, "Smokestack Effect."

Editorial cartoons: San Diego Union-Tribune, Stephen P. Breen; San Francisco Chronicle, Don Asmussen; Chattanooga Times Free Press, Clay Bennett.

Journalistic innovation: The Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank Wiese and the Inquirer Please Touch Team, "Kali's Book _ Please Touch Museum"; Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, Staff Entry, "American Dream Project"; Detroit Free Press, Kathleen Galligan and Robin Erb, "Christ Child House."

Writing and Reporting

Coverage of a major news event: Newsweek, Staff Entry, "How He Did It"; Fast Company, New York, Richard Behar, "China Storms Africa"; Newsweek, Lisa Miller, "The Religious Case for Gay Marriage."

Feature writing on a variety of subjects: The Boston Globe, Neil Swidey; Milwaukee Magazine, Kurt Ch&ler SmartMoney, New York, Anne Kadet.

Column: Newsweek, Daniel Gross, "The Money Culture"; SmartMoney, New York, Anne Kadet, "Tough Customer"; Newsweek, Fareed Zakaria, "World View."

Photography and Graphics:

Newspapers/spot news: The San Diego Union-Tribune, John Gibbins, "Tijuana River Valley Flooding"; Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk, "Cop Shot"; New York Daily News, Nicholas Fevelo, "Swept Away."

Newspapers/features: The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash., Peter Haley, "Retired Marine and Wife Watch Son's Casket Moved from Hearse"; The Boston Globe, Essdras M. Suarez, "Breathless"; New York Daily News, Ron Antonelli, "Leading Man."

Newspapers/sports: The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox, "Usain Bolt Breaks World Record"; The San Diego Union-Tribune, Sean M. Haffey, "Fourth Round, U.S. Open Golf Coverage"; The Boston Globe, Barry Chin, "Against All Odds."

Magazines, News Services, Syndicates/spot news: The Associated Press, Chris Carlson, "Supporting H&s The Associated Press, Majed Hamdan, "Trapped in Rubble"; The Associated Press, George Abdaladze, "Caught in Airstrike."

Magazines, News Services, Syndicates/features: The Associated Press, Alaa Al-Marjani, "School Time"; The Associated Press, Joel Ryan, "Powell Dance-a-thon"; Bloomberg News, Chris Ratcliffe, "Man walks past billboard of Keith Richards."

Magazines, News Services, Syndicates/sports: Sports Illustrated, Heinz Kluetmeier, "0.01"; Sports Illustrated, Damian Strohmeyer, "The Catch _Super Box XLII"; The Associated Press, Scott Heppell, "Ariel Feat."

Photography portfolio, First Place and Grand Award winner-photography division: The Associated Press, Emilio Morenatti; The Associated Press, David Guttenfelder; The Associated Press, Oded Balilty.

Photo essay/story: The Miami Herald, Patrick Farrell, "Four Hurricanes Hit Haiti"; Aurora/Time Magazine, Callie Shell, "A Look Behind Scenes/Presidential Campaign of Sen. Barack Obama"; The Dallas Morning News, Sonya N. Hebert, "At the Edge of Life."

Portrait: The Miami Herald, Carl Juste, "Elmore Nickelberry, Memphis sanitation worker who participated in 1968 strike with his son"; The San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Kepka, "Rev. Cecil Williams"; Newsweek, Nigel Dickson, "Portrait of Michelle Obama."

Newspapers/magazines, informational graphics: The Oregonian, Eric Baker; The San Diego Union-Tribune, Staff Entry; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Staff Entry.

Newspapers/magazines, illustrative graphics: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Andrea Levy; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Staff Entry; The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daniel Marsula.


Radio stations:

Newscast: KCBS, San Francisco, KCBS News Team, "Winter Storm," KNOW-FM, St. Paul, Minn., MPR News Team, "All Things Considered Regional Broadcast 11/13/08"; WBAL-AM, Baltimore, Bill Vanko, Steve Fermier, Dave Durian, "The WBAL Morning News 11/5/08."

Breaking news or continuing coverage of a single news event: KCBS, San Francisco, Doug Sovern, "Campaign 2008"; WKDZ/WHVO, Cadiz, Ky., Alan Watts, Tammy Dancock, D.J. Everett, "Roaring Springs Fire/Murders"; WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, John Conroy, Ben Calhoun, Cate Cahan, "Alton Logan."

Feature or human interest story: KGO Radio, San Francisco, RJ Peruman, "The Milk-Moscone Murders: 30 Years Later; WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, Linda Paul and Cate Cahan, "Addolfo Davis"; WBBR Bloomberg Radio, New York, Carole Zimmer, "A Borrower and a Lender Be." Documentary or public affairs, first place and Grand Award - radio: Texas Music Matters/KUT 90.5, Austin, Texas, David Brown and Michael May, "Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson"; WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio, Greg Scott, Aurora Aguilar, Joe DeCeault, "The Brickyard"; WBAL-AM, Baltimore, John Patti and Anne Kramer, "Our People, Our Problems, Our Solutions."

News series: WBAL-AM, Baltimore, Scott Wykoff, "Supermax"; KCBS Radio, San Francisco, Doug Sovern, "Down, But Not Out; WBBR Bloomberg Radio, New York, Carole Zimmer, Mark Mills, Nick Ciavatta, "Tilting at Windmills: Alternative Energy in New York City."

Radio networks and syndicators

Newscast: CBS Radio News, Nick Young and Paul Farry, "CBS World News Roundup, 11/5/08 Newscast"; ABC News Radio, Staff Entry, "Information Network Newscast, 5 p.m., 1/4/08"; All Things Considered and NPR, Staff Entry, "China: The Earthquake in Chengdu."

Breaking news or continuing coverage of a single news event: CBS Radio News, "Campaign 2008"; ABC News Radio, "Road to the White House"; no third place award given.

Feature or human interest story: CBS Radio News, Byron Pitts, "Military Malpractice"; NPR, Laura Sullivan, "Prison Overcrowding: San Quentin Becomes One Massive Cell"; Weekend America, American Public Media, Michael May, "The Godfather of Soul Saves Boston."

Documentary or public affairs: NPR, Laura Sullivan, "36 Years of Solitary: Murder, Death and Justice on Angola"; Radio Pennsylvania Network, Harrisburg, Pa., Brad Christman, "Eerie Pennsylvania: The Cashtown Inn; KALW FM 91.7, San Francisco, JoAnn Mar and Alyne Ellis, "Prisons in Crisis: A State of Emergency in California."

News series: NPR, All Things Considered, Barbara Bradley Hagerty, "Muslim Polygamy in America"; CBS, CBS Radio News Staff, "Where They Stand"; The Environment Report, Ann Arbor, Mich., Lester Graham and Shawn Allee, "Nuclear Power Series."

Broadcast or cable television stations

Newscast: KIRO-TV, Seattle, Tonya Estes and Tairsa Swenson, "KIRO-7 Eyewitness News at 11, 11/22/08 Newscast"; WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, Pa., Tim Wells and Maria Dravecky, "Channel 4 Action News at 11, 9/5/08 Newscast"; WCVB-TV, Boston, Jenny Barron, Samantha Butkiewicus, "NewsCenter 5 at 11, 10/15/08 Newscast."

Coverage of a live breaking news event: KIRO-TV, Seattle, Todd Mokhtari, "Downtown Seattle Shooting"; WCVB-TV, Boston, Gail Huff, Rodney Grace, Shiba Russell,"Lawrence Burns"; WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, Pa., Shannon Perrine, T.J. Haught and Cary Toaso, "Triple Shooting."

Continuing coverage of a single news event: WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Anne Marie Tiernon and Stephen Starnes, "Amaya _Two Years After the Attack"; KHOU-TV, Houston, Mark Greenblatt, David Raziq, Keith Tomshe, "Go Army or Go to Jail"; WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Sandra Chapman and Steve Rhodes, "Burning Injustice."

Feature, sports or human interest story, first place and Grand Award- television: WBNS-TV, Columbus, Ohio, Lindsey Seavert and Jeff Ritter, "Lima Company: A Portrait of Service"; KARE-TV, Minneapolis, Boyd Huppert, Jonathan Malat and Tom Lindner, "Leaving Kittson County"; WFLD-TV, Chicago, Mark Saxenmeyer, D. Johnson and Juan Ramirez, "Through The Lens of Loss."

Public service: WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N.C., Stuart Watson, John Gray, Allison Andrews, "United Way: Salary Shocker"; WEWS-TV, Cleveland, Ohio, Joe Pagonakis, Melissa Watson, Ted Kortan, "Troubleshooter"; KHOU-TV, Houston, Jeremy Rogalski, Keith Tomshe, David Raziq, "A Dangerous Lesson."

Documentary or series of reports: KTVT-TV, Fort Worth, Texas, Bennett Cunningham, Aaron Wische, Josh Brown, "D.A.R.T. Travel Spending Investigation"; KARE-TV, Minneapolis, Joe Fryer, Brett Akagi, Gary Knox, "Nick's New Life"; WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Scott Swan and Steve Rhodes, "Eyewitness to China."

Investigative reporting: WTVT-TV, Tampa, Fla., Doug Smith, Lisa Blegen, Craig Davisson, "Small Town Justice"; WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tenn., Phil Williams, Bryan Staples, Kevin Wisniewski, Ben Hall, Iain Montgomery, "General Sessions Court"; WTTG-TV, Washington, DC, Tisha Thompson, Rick Yarborough, Nelson Jones, "Security Breach."

Business and consumer reporting: WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tenn., Jennifer Kraus, Bryan Staples, Mike Rose, Kevin Wisniewski, "NewsChannel 5 Investigates: An Alarming Failure"; KGTV, San Diego, Lauren Reynolds, Felicia Kit, Michael Gonzalez, "Car Seat Rental"; WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Bob Segall, Bill Ditton, Cyndee Hebert, "Tapping Your Cell Phone."

Health/science reporting: WJW, Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Merriman, "Nine Minutes in October"; KYW, Philadelphia, Jim Osman, "Woman Who Calls Herself Doctor"; WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Sandra Chapman, "Maxed Out."

Environmental reporting: WTHR-TV, Indianapolis, Bob Segall, Bill Ditton, Steve Rhodes, "What's Floating in the River"; WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tenn., Bob Hall and Iain Montgomery, "NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Mountain Top Mining"; KTRK-TV, Houston, KTRK Green Team, "Green to Green."

Broadcast television networks, cable networks and syndicators

Best newscast: NBC Nightly News, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams in Afghanistan," 6/12/08; CNN, "American Morning: Post-Election Coverage," 11/5/08; NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, "The Election ... The Day After," 11/5/08.

Coverage of a major news event: NBC News, "Hurricane Gustav"; CNN, "The Democratic National Convention"; CNN, "New Hampshire Primary."

Continuing coverage of a major news event: "Dateline NBC," "Coming Home"; CNN, "Haiti"; no third place award given.

Feature, sports or human interest story: "Dateline NBC," Ann Curry, Justin Balding, Antoine Sanfuentes, "Out of Africa"; NBC News, "Today," Bob Dotson and Amanda Marshall, "Potato Peeler Millionaire"; Dateline NBC, Natalie Morales, John Block, David Corvo, "Zack's New Life."

Documentary or series of reports: CNN, "Special Investigations Unit: On Deadly Ground"; MSNBC, "Meeting David Wilson"; MSNBC, "Dear Zachary."

Investigative reporting: ABC News, "20/20," Jim Avila and Glenn Ruppel, "Off Duty Chicago Cops"; CBS News' "60 Minutes," Steve Croft, Ira Rosen, Sumi Aggarlwal, "The Cheaters"; no third place award given.

News magazine program: ABC News, "20/20," Jim Avila, Alison Lynn, Lauren Pearle, "Cop as Criminal"; "Dateline NBC," Chris Hansen, Richard Greenberg, Paul Cruickshank, "Inside the Cell"; "Dateline NBC," Matt Lauer, David Corvo, Liz Cole, "A Twist of Fate."

Business and consumer reporting: "Dateline NBC," Chris Hansen, Steve Eckert, Maite Amorebieta, "Tricks of the Trade"; "HDNet World Report" and "NOW on PBS," Paul Beban, Kira Kay, Jason Maloney, "India Rising"; CNN, "Special Investigations Unit: Busted! Mortgage Meltdown."

Health/science reporting: "HDNet World Report," Paul Beban, Kira Kay, Jason Maloney, "Bill Gates and the Indian Eunuchs"; CNN, "Special Investigations Unit: Fit to Lead"; CNN, "Special Investigations Unit: Broken Government: Healthcare Critical Condition."

Environmental reporting: "NOW on PBS," Brenda Breslauer, Maria Hinojosa, Brian Epstein, Mona Iskander, "Fighting Over Forests"; "HDNet World Report," Paul Beban, Paul Roubicek, "Payatas: The Dark Side of Economic Growth"; CNN, "Broken Government: Scorched Earth."


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Newspaper Affiliated Online Journalism:, San Francisco Chronicle, (Austin, Texas Statesman);

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Online Videography: TBA

Online Slideshow: The Denver Post, The Washington Post, "Birth and Death," The Wall Street Journal, Magnum Photos, "Developments in Georgia."

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