John Nichols of The Nation for career achievement as journalist, author and blogger tracking threats to democracy across politics and media

The Center For Public Integrity and iWatchnews.org for wide-ranging investigation of weak inspections endangering factory workers and surrounding communities

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune for “Unfit for Duty,” an exposé of systematic failure to discipline police officers despite arrests or evidence of crimes

Danny Hakim and Russ Buettner of The New York Times for “Abused and Used,” a probing and poignant exposé of rampant neglect and mistreatment of the developmentally disabled in New York state institutions

Lea Goldman of Marie Claire for revealing widespread fraud in “pink”-themed fundraising for cancer research and awareness

Cartooning With a Conscience award to “Mr. Fish” (Dwayne Booth)