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|PUBLIC SERVICE||Washington Post|
Notably for the work of Katherine Boo that disclosed wretched neglect and abuse in the city’s group homes for the mentally retarded, which forced officials to acknowledge the conditions and begin reforms.
|BREAKING NEWS REPORTING||Staff of Denver Post|
For its clear and balanced coverage of the student massacre at Columbine High School.
|INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING||Sang-Hun Choe, Charles J. Hanley and Martha Mendoza of Associated Press|
For revealing, with extensive documentation, the decades-old secret of how American soldiers early in the Korean War killed hundreds of Korean civilians in a massacre at the No Gun Ri Bridge.
|EXPLANATORY REPORTING||Eric Newhouse of Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune|
For his vivid examination of alcohol abuse and the problems it creates in the community.
|BEAT REPORTING||George Dohrmann of St. Paul Pioneer Press|
For his determined reporting, despite negative reader reaction, that revealed academic fraud in the men’s basketball program at the University of Minnesota.
|NATIONAL REPORTING||Staff of Wall Street Journal|
For its revealing stories that question U.S. defense spending and military deployment in the post-Cold War era and offer alternatives for the future.
|INTERNATIONAL REPORTING||Mark Schoofs of Village Voice|
For his provocative and enlightening series on the AIDS crisis in Africa.
|FEATURE WRITING||J.R. Moehringer of Los Angeles Times|
For his portrait of Gee’s Bend, an isolated river community in Alabama where many descendants of slaves live, and how a proposed ferry to the mainland might change it.
|COMMENTARY||Paul A. Gigot of Wall Street Journal|
For his informative and insightful columns on politics and government.
|CRITICISM||Henry Allen of Washington Post|
For his fresh and authoritative writing on photography.
|EDITORIAL WRITING||John C. Bersia of Orlando Sentinel|
For his passionate editorial campaign attacking predatory lending practices in the state, which prompted changes in local lending regulations.
|EDITORIAL CARTOONING||Joel Pett of Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader|
|BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY||Photo Staff of Denver Rocky Mountain News|
For its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School.
|FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY||Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson and Lucian Perkins of Washington Post|
For their intimate and poignant images depicting the plight of the Kosovo refugees.
|FICTION||Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin)|
|DRAMA||Dinner With Friends by Donald Margulies|
|HISTORY||Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M. Kennedy (Oxford University Press|
|BIOGRAPHY OR AUTOBIOGRAPHY||Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) by Stacy Schiff (Random House)|
|POETRY||Repair by C.K. Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)|
|GENERAL NON-FICTION||Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower (W.W. Norton & Company/The New Press)|
|MUSIC||Life is a Dream, Opera in Three Acts: Act II, Concert Version by Lewis Spratlan|
Premiered on January 28, 2000 by Dinosaur Annex in Amherst, Mass. Libretto by James Maraniss.
|MEMBERS||The board overseeing the prizes.|
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