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National Headliner Awards List

March 8, 2006

Winners of the 72nd annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J., by category, followed by second- and third-place finishers:


Daily Newspapers and News Syndicates

Writing and Reporting

Hurricane Coverage: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans; The Wall Street Journal; Knight Ridder, Washington, D.C.

Spot News: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ``Killer Eludes Cops″; Sun Herald, of Biloxi, Miss., ``Our Tsunami″; New York Daily News, ``Transit Strike.″

News Beat Coverage or Continuing Story: USA Today, Gregg Zoroya, ``Home Front″; Associated Press, Paisley Dodds, ``Guantanamo Exposed″; Detroit Free Press, M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer, ``Detroit Mayor Lives Large While City Struggles.″

News Series, circulation up to 75,000: The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette, Scott M. Finn, ``Brother’s Keeper: West Virginia’s Mental Health Crisis″; Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, Douglas Fischer, ``A Body’s Burden: Our Chemical Legacy″; Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, Calif., Sara Carter, Brenda Gazzar and Mason Stockstill, ``Beyond Borders.″

News Series, circulation over 75,000: The Orange County (Calif.) Register, Larry Welborn, ``Murder by Suicide″; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Thomas French, Christopher Goffard and Jamie Thompson, ``The Hard Road: Inside the Jennifer Porter Case″; The Seattle Times, Ray Rivera, ``Suspicion in the Ranks.″

Local Interest Column on a Variety of Subjects: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Chris Rose; San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Carroll; The Miami Herald, Leonard Pitts Jr.

Special or Feature Column on One Subject: The Miami Herald, Glenn Garvin, television columns; The News & Observer, of Raleigh, N.C., J. Peder Zane, columns on books and literary culture; The San Diego Union-Tribune, Ruben Navarrette, immigration issues.

Editorial Writing: The (Portland) Oregonian, Rick Attig and Doug Bates, ``Oregon’s Forgotten Hospital″; The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Bob Blalock, Joey Kennedy, Robin DeMonia and Eddie Lard, ``Choosing Life in a Death Penalty State″; The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y., Mark Mahoney, ``Fighting for the Citizens.″

Sports Writing: San Francisco Chronicle, Gwen Knapp; The New York Times, Bill Pennington; Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Tom Archdeacon.

Feature Writing on a Variety of Subjects: St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Kelley Benham; St. Petersburg Times, Lane DeGregory; Chicago Tribune, William Mullen.

Business News Coverage: The News Journal, New Castle, Del., staff, ``MBNA Sale and Follow-Ups″; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Teresa Dixon Murray, ``Personal Finance″; The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, staff, ``Disney’s New World.″

Education Writing: The Boston Globe, Marcella Bombardieri; The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Tony Bizjak, ``Road Scholars″; The Boston Globe, Tracy Jan.

Health/Medical/Science Writing: The Miami Herald, Debbie Cenziper, ``Blind Eye″; The Seattle Times, Sandi Doughton, five stories; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, John Fauber, five stories.

Investigative Reporting: First Place and Grand Award in Print: The Blade, Toledo, Ohio, James Drew, Mike Wilkinson, Steve Eder, Christopher D. Kirkpatrick, Jim Tankersley and Joshua Boak, ``Uncovering Coingate and Ohio’s Pay-to-Play Culture″; The San Diego Union-Tribune, Marcus Stern, Union-Tribune staff and Copley News Service staff, ``Randy Duke Cunningham″; The Post and Courier, Charleston, S.C., Glenn Smith and Ron Menchaca, ``Tarnished Badges.″

Public Service: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Deborah L. Shelton, ``Lives on the Line″; The (Baltimore) Sun, Robert Little and Tom Bowman, ``Tourniquets″; Newsday, Melville, N.Y., Elizabeth Moore, Stacey Altherr and Tom McGinty, ``Fire Alarm.″

Editorial Cartoons: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mike Luckovich; The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Nick Anderson; Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Mike Peters.


Writing and Reporting

Coverage of a Major News Event: ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating, Shaun Assael and Jon Pessah, ``Who Knew?″; The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, Anne Farrow, ``Beyond Complicity″; Time, staff, ``An American Tragedy.″

Feature Writing on a Variety of Subjects: Milwaukee Magazine, Kurt Chandler; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Christopher Evans; The Boston Globe, Neil Swidey.

Special Column on One Subject: Newsweek, Anna Quindlen; The Hartford (Conn.) Courant, Jenny Blair, M.D.; U.S. News & World Report, Fouad Ajami.

Photography and Graphics


Spot News Photography: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, Roger Simms, ``Jeep Helps Cessna″; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Ken Helle, ``I Want My Baby″; San Francisco Chronicle, Kim Komenich, ``Tikrit Suicide Bomber Aftermath.″

Feature Photography: Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Todd Heisler, ``Coming Home″; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Chris Zuppa, ``The Secret of the Night″; The Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Tobia, ``Surreal Thing.″

Sports Photography: The Kansas City (Mo.) Star, Shane Keyser, ``Wizards Choke″; The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brant Sanderlin, ``Tiger Woods Birdie″; The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., John Munson, ``Yankees Hit The Wall.″

Magazines, News Services, Syndicates

Spot News Photography: Associated Press, Nabil al-Jurani, ``Burning Warrior″; Associated Press, Jane Mingay, ``Underground Explosions″; Associated Press, Emilio Morenatti, ``Palestinian Boys Hurl Stones.″

Feature Photography: Associated Press, Rajesh Kumar Singh, ``India Cattle Fair″; VII/Time, James Nachtwey, ``Global Health Crisis″; Polaris/Time, Gerard Rancinan, ``Hibakusha.″

Sports Photography: EPA/Sports Illustrated, John G. Mabanglo, ``Head Board″; Associated Press, Charles Krupa, ``Shattered Bat″; LAT Photographic/Sports Illustrated, Phil Rider, ``Hot Wheels.″

Photography Portfolio: St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, John Pendygraft; Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip; Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, Matt Rourke.

Photo Essay/Story First Place and Grand Award in Photography: Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Todd Heisler, ``Final Salute″; Time, Christopher J. Capozziello, ``A Diary of Healing″; Associated Press, Tomas Munita, ``Earthquake in Pakistan.″

Hurricane Coverage Photography: The Orange County (Calif.) Register, Bruce Chambers, ``Katrina Victim Rescued″; St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, John Pendygraft, ``Buffeted by Winds″; Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip, ``She is Alive.″

Informational Graphics: The (Portland) Oregonian, Steve Cowden; The San Diego Union-Tribune, staff; The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, William Neff.

Illustrative Graphics: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Andrea Levy; Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Randy Palmer; San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Stephanie Grace Lim.

Online Journalism: Sun Herald, of Biloxi, Miss., and Knight Ridder Digital, staff, ``Hurricane Katrina″; The Roanoke (Va.) Times, Ralph Berrier, Seth Gitner and Kyle Green, ``Going Down the Crooked Road″; Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, staff, ``Flight of Angels.″


Radio Stations

Best Newscast: WTOP, Washington, staff, ``July 7, 2005 Newscast″; KTRH, Houston, Lana Hughes, JP Pritchard, Rick Janacek, KTRH Morning News″; WBAL, Baltimore, Bill Vanko, Anne Kramer, Scott Wykoff, ``Sept. 1, 2005 Newscast.″

Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event: KTRH, Houston, staff, ``BP Plant Explosion″; WBAL-AM, Baltimore, Scott Wykoff, ``The Rafael Palmeiro Steroid Scandal″; WHYY-FM, Philadelphia, Brad Linder, ``Philadelphia Corruption Trial.″

Feature, Human Interest Story, or News Series: WBAL, Baltimore, Scott Wykoff, ``Miracle on 34th Street″; WBAL, Baltimore, John Patti, ``Annie’s Playground″; KARN, Little Rock, Ark., Annette Flournoy, ``The State on Meth.″

Documentary or Public Affairs: WTOP, Washington, staff, ``Troubled Waters″; KCBS, San Francisco, Matt Bigler, ``Hired Hands″; WFPL, Louisville, Ky., Heidi Caravan and Stephanie Sanders, ``The Gander Crash _ 20 Years Later.″

Hurricane Coverage: KTRH, Houston, staff, ``Hurricane Rita″; WBAL-AM, Baltimore, Scott Wykoff, ``Katrina’s Aftermath″; North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC-FM, Durham, N.C., Leoneda Inge and Brent Wolfe, ``Katrina Volunteer.″

Broadcast Radio Networks and Syndicators

Best Newscast: ABC News Radio, ABC News Team; CBS World News Roundup, Christopher Glenn and Paul Farry; none.

Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event: CBS Radio News, CBS Radio News staff, ``London Bombings″; ABC News Radio, ABC News Radio staff, ``The Death of Pope John Paul II″; Great Lakes Radio Consortium, Ann Arbor, Mich., Lester Graham, Mark Brush and Rebecca Williams; ``Ten Threats to the Great Lakes.″

Feature, Human Interest Story or News Series: ABC News Radio, Linda Albin, ``Pullout from Gaza: On the Inside″; Great Lakes Radio Consortium, Ann Arbor, Mich., Mark Brush, ``Up Close and Personal with a Prairie Fire‴ CBS Radio News, New York, Barry Petersen, ``Tsunami.″

Documentary or Public Affairs: First Place and Grand Award in Radio: The Stanley Foundation, of Muscatine, Iowa, with KQED Public Radio, of San Francisco, David Brancaccio, Simon Marks, Keith Porter and Kristin McHugh, ``Security Check: Confronting Today’s Global Threats″; CBS Radio News Roundup, New York, Barry Bagnato, ``Social Security″; ABC News Radio, New York, Ryan Kessler, Steve Jones and Cheri Preston, ``Perspective.″

Hurricane Coverage: CBS Radio News, CBS Radio News staff, ``Hurricane Katrina″; ABC News Radio, ABC News Radio staff, ``Hurricane Katrina″; Lichtenstein Creative Media, Cambridge, Mass., Bill Lichtenstein, June Peoples and John Hockenberry, ``Hurricane Katrina: The Road to Recovery.″

Broadcast or Cable Television Stations

Best Newscast: KIRO, Seattle, Helen Swenson, ``KIRO-7 Eyewitness News″; WJW, Cleveland, Bill Sheil, Greg Easterly, Andy Fishman and Jessica Bates, ``10 p.m. Newscast″; WTAE, Pittsburgh, Richard Cook, Roberta Petterson and Matthew Hilk, ``Action News at 5.″

Coverage of a Breaking News Event: KIRO, Seattle, Helen Swenson and staff, ``Eastside Pursuit″; KPNX, Phoenix, Garrett Wichmann, Mike Warner, ``MLK Fights″; WTAE, Pittsburgh, Tricia Drzal, Roberta Petterson, Bob Longo, ``Downtown Under Water.″

Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event: WJW, Cleveland, Bill Sheil, Jack Shea and Bill Martin, ``Kids in Cages: The Untold Story″; WTAE, Pittsburgh, Bob Longo, Matthew Hilk and Roberta Petterson, ``Towboat Tragedy″; WSMV, Nashville, Tenn., Nancy Amons, Zina Bauman, Cam Cornelius and Dave Brasells, ``Guardrails.″

Feature, Sports or Human Interest Story: KDFW, Dallas, Steve Noviello, Jeremy Pollard and Michael Tew, ``Wingman″; WTAE, Pittsburgh, Wendy Bell, Eric Hinnebusch and Kendall Cross, ``Crazy Cure-Alls″; WTHR, Indianapolis, Scott Swan and Steve Rhodes, ``I’m Not Missing Anything.″

Public Service: CLTV, Chicago, Bob Arya, ``Uniform Concerns″; WEWS, Cleveland, Duane Pohlman, Dorian Thompson and Dave Arnold, ``Dumping on Ohio″; KTVT, Dallas, Dr. Mona Khanna, Kent Chapline and Steve Maudlin, ``Diagnosis Cancer: How to Find Your Way.″ Documentary or Series of Reports: First Place and Grand Award in Television: WCCO, Minneapolis, Tom Aviles, Lino Rulli and David Schechter, ``The Last Flagraiser″; News 12 Long Island, Woodbury, N.Y., Virginia Huie, Dave Garden and Brian Endres, ``Last Letters Home″; News 12 New Jersey, Edison, N.J., Walt Kane, Bill Schlosser and Anthony Cocco, ``Rebuilding Asbury Park.″

Investigative Reporting: WJW, Cleveland, Tom Merriman, Mark DeMarino and Dave Hollis, ``School Bus Bloat″; KIRO, Seattle, Chris Halsne, Bill Benson and David Weed, ``Brains For Sale″; KGO, San Francisco, Dan Noyes, Beth Ramsey and Lynn Friedman, ``The Body Show.″

Business and Consumer Reporting: WNBC, New York, Chuck Scarborough, Emily Smolar, Brian Quinn and John Gonzalez, ``Santiago Solution?″; KIRO, Seattle, Wayne Havrelly, Bob Branom and Brian Doerflinger, ``Charity Abuse″; CBS 5, San Francisco, CBS 5 Consumer Watch, ``On The Hook.″

Health Reporting: WTAE, Pittsburgh, Jim Parsons, Kendall Cross and Mike Lazorko, ``Dying to Breathe″; KCTV, Kansas City, Kan., Carolyn Long, Ken Ullery and Sam Zeff, ``Hospital Costs″; KING, Seattle, Joan Kinsey, Jean Enersen, ``Breast Cancer: Winning the Battle.″

Broadcast Television Networks, Cable Networks and Syndicators

Best Newscast: NBC ``Nightly News″ with Brian Williams, ``Hurricane Katrina: New Orleans in Turmoil″; CNN, ``Paula Zahn Now: Jet Blue Plane/Toronado/Hurricane Rita″; none.

Coverage of a Major News Event: ABC News ``Good Morning America,″ ``Tsunami Zone″; NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ``London Terror Bombings″; NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ``The Death of Pope John Paul II.″

Continuing Coverage of a Major News Event: NBC ``Nightly News″ with Brian Williams, ``Tsunami: A Disaster Unfolds″; NBC ``Nightly News,″ ``The Pakistan Earthquake″; CNN, ``Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: From the Quake Zone.″

Feature, Sports or Human Interest Story: ABC News ``Good Morning America,″ ``You Changed My Life″; ABC News: Primetime Live, ``Talking to Animals″; CNN, ``A Lesson Before Dying.″

Documentary or Series of Reports: CNN Presents, ``Autism is a World″; MSNBC, ``Coming Home″; CNN Presents, ``Egypt: A Test Case for Democracy.″

Investigative Reporting: ABC News ``20/20,″ ``Cruelty to Owners″; NBC ``Nightly News,″ ``The Terror Money Trail″; CNN, ``Ford Fires.″

News Magazine Program: ABC News ``20/20,″ ``Crystal Meth 911″; ABC News ``20/20,″ ``Where Do They Belong″, California Connected, Marley Klaus, ``California Connected.″

Business and Consumer Reporting: NOW on PBS, ``The Broken Promise″; CNN, ``Paula Zahn Now: Generic Drugs″; Bloomberg News, ``GM Retooling an American Icon.″

Hurricane Coverage: NBC ``Nightly News″ with Brian Williams, ``After the Storm: The Long Road Back″; CNN, ``Hurricane Katrina and the Aftermath″; NBC ``Nightly News″ with Brian Williams, ``Hurricane Katrina Coverage.″

Health Reporting: CNN, ``Killer Flu: A Breath Away″; CNN, ``Memory″; CNN, ``Anatomy of a Murder.″

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