For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, presented in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to the Staff of The Oregonian, Portland, for its skillful and tenacious coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains, telling the tragic story both in print and online.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., for its clear and authoritative reporting on the crash of a Comair commuter jet that killed 49 people, and The Denver Post Staff for its compelling and notably human coverage of back-to-back blizzards that trapped travelers and paralyzed the region.

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