David Jackson, Gary Marx and Alex Richards of The Chicago Tribune, for An Empty-Desk Epidemic, an article exposing why tens of thousands of Chicago children go missing from school every day.

David Heath & Jill Rosenbaum from the Center for Public Integrity, for Dollars and Dentists, an article that exposes how private equity firms push chains of dental clinics to yank excess profits from the mouths of babes and uninsured adults.

Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan & David Hasemyer writing for Inside Climate News, for The Dilbit Disaster: Inside The Biggest Oil Spill You’ve Never Heard Of, a cautionary tale examining the environmental and human costs of the “the dirtiest, stickiest oil on the market.”

Shane Bauer of Mother Jones, for No Way Out, a powerful exposé of the use of indefinite solitary confinement in American prisons, told from the perspective of Bauer, who himself was held in solitary confinement in Iran after his arrest while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writing for The Atlantic, for Fear of a Black President, a special commentary award on how fear and double standards make a meaningful public conversation about race more elusive than ever in the age of Obama.

Signe Wilkinson, Cartooning With a Conscience award