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Amy Upshaw
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"Teen Cried for Help, Got Little"
A shining example of how a tenacious reporter can make a significant difference in her community and her state. Upshaw recognized a good story when she started working on a standard follow-up to a brief about a girl's death. Through dogged reporting she ultimately discovered that problems at a youth services center most likely contributed to the neglect of Keisha Brown, who died after complaining of health problems. Impressive impact on the state legislature and agencies.
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Jonathan Martin
The Seattle Times

"What's Best for Baby M?"
An unsparing, searing account of a single child custody case that illustrates the tenuous nature of life in the underclass, and the obstacles confronting both parents and those charged with ensuring child welfare. The sustained nature of the two-year reporting focus was the key to the drama of the story; the reporter didn't know whether he would be telling a story of tragedy or triumph, but simply showed the unraveling of the couple's hopes to be reunited with their child.
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Janine Anderson and Scott Anderson
The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.)

"Grand Parenting"
The ups and downs of becoming a “parent” for the second time come through loud and clear in this story. There is a lot here: The story gets deeply into the life of the main character and thoroughly documents the scope of the phenomenon of grandparents raising kids, and offers resources for those who want help. And the writer lets grandma Bonnie Wozniak show readers what it’s like raising two young girls in a Britney Spears culture.
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Kevin Merida
The Washington Post

"A Jacket to Die For?"
A fascinating inside look at a culture where a North Face jacket can become the center of a death struggle. Excellent reporting allows the writer to deliver a vivid picture of this world.
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Lindsay Tice
Sun-Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

"Stepping into a New Life"
This well-crafted and well-reported story of a 14-year-old girl facing kidney failure shows how to elevate the subject beyond the sob-story genre.
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Claudia Rowe
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Judgment Calls: When to remove a child?"
Rowe took a subject prone to compassion fatigue -- the problems faced by overburdened child protection workers -- and crafted a highly readable story. The story finds its power through specific, detailed, complicated family cases that illustrate the difficult decisions that social workers have to make.
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Jondi Gumz
Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel

"Amazing Journey: How a teacher and $1,000 changed Maria Rodriquez's life."
A deft combination of both reporting and writing. The reporter didn’t just tell readers why the college-bound program is worthwhile, she showed them.
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Hilary Waldman
The Hartford (Conn.)Courant

"A Second Chance as Mom"
This is a strong narrative showing readers what it's like to be a single mom trying to keep her nine kids despite a history of drug addiction, reminiscent of Leon Dash's monumental series on Rosa Lee Cunningham.
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Mark Waller
The Times-Picayune

"Learning Together"
An up-close examination of the advantages and stresses of mainstreaming disabled students. A smoothly flowing narrative captured in exquisite detail the inevitable conflicts that occur.
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