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For a distinguished example of beat reporting characterized by sustained and knowledgeable coverage of a particular subject or activity, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to Dana Priest of The Washington Post for her persistent, painstaking reports on secret "black site" prisons and other controversial features of
the government's counterterrorism campaign.
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Barry Meier of The New York Times for his original, strongly documented stories on a flawed heart-defibrillator that imperiled the safety of unwitting patients, and Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, for his relentless and masterly stories on the successful prosecution of a man accused of orchestrating the killing of three civil rights workers in 1964.