William Finnegan, The New Yorker, for writing about the privatising of natural resources and economic globalization .

Seth Rosenfeld of the San Francisco Chronicle for detailing FBI harassment of University of California at Berkeley President Clark Kerr .

Rebekah Denn of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for examining differentials in the way African-American and white students are disciplined in Seattle public schools.

Katy Reckdahl for her series on mistreatment of the homeless in New Orleans in Gambit Weekly.

“Cartooning With a Conscience” award to Ted Rall for his caustic satire of such figures as “Generalissimo El Busho,” whose answer to unemployment is to fire everyone and label the “formerly employed” as “lazy.”