A 10-month investigation into drug abuse and mismanagement at New Jersey's privatized halfway houses earned Sam Dolnick of The New York Times the award for justice reporting.
Ryan Gabrielson of California Watch won the state reporting prize for a series looking at how abuse at state clinics was poorly monitored and investigated by the state office responsible for doing so.
The Washington Post's Peter Whoriskey won the medical reporting award for a series about the practices of the pharmaceutical industry that can be dangerous to patients.
David Barstow of The New York Times, working with Mexican reporter Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab, traveled across Mexico to look at Wal-Mart's activities and the lengths to which the company's executives would go to get their goals accomplished. The duo won the business reporting award.
The education reporting award went to Colin Woodard of the Maine Sunday Telegram for reporting how for-profit online education companies are affecting the state's digital education efforts.
"Frontline" producers Martin Smith and Michael Kirk won the prize for documentary television reporting for a piece looking at the global economic crisis.