Columnist Molly Ivins for a career demonstrating that there is no contradiction between passionate social commitment and rollicking humor

Anthony Lewisfor commentary long infused with a profound understanding of American history and constitutional law.

Gary Fields of the Wall Street Journal for exposing the unanticipated negative impact on the justice system of 20 years of “get-tough” prison sentencing.

Kevin Fagan and photographer Brant Ward of the San Francisco Chronicle for ongoing coverage of homelessness and measures to end it and Tracie McMillan and City Limits magazine for consistent, rigorous reportage on public affairs affecting low-income and working-class people in New York City.

Acknowledging blogging as a significant extension of journalism, a special award to University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole’s richly informative commentary on the Iraq War in his web log, “Informed Comment.”

Freelance cartoonist and illustrator Kirk Anderson for “Cartooning with a Conscience” through his deft graphics that draw on sophisticated political thought to sharply satirize daily political follies.

The awards ceremony featured a keynote introduction by Wayne Barrett, noted Village Voice investigative reporter, and holder of the Jack Newfield Visiting Professor of Journalism at Hunter College for Spring 2006.