PUBLIC SERVICE — The Wall Street Journal, for coverage of a 2006 stock-options scandal that rattled corporate America.
BREAKING NEWS REPORTING — The (Portland) Oregonian for print and online coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING — Brett Blackledge, The Birmingham News, for his exposure of cronyism and corruption in Alabama's two-year college system. (Moved by the board from the Public Service category.)
EXPLANATORY REPORTING — Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis, the Los Angeles Times, for print and online reports on the world's distressed oceans.
LOCAL REPORTING — Debbie Cenziper, The Miami Herald, for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency.
NATIONAL REPORTING — Charlie Savage, The Boston Globe, for revelations that President Bush often used "signing statements" to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws.
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING — The Wall Street Journal staff, for reports on the adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution.
FEATURE WRITING — Andrea Elliott, The New York Times, for her portrait of an immigrant imam.
COMMENTARY — Cynthia Tucker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for columns "that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community."
CRITICISM — Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, for his "zestful, wide-ranging" restaurant reviews.
EDITORIAL WRITING — New York Daily News Editorial Board, for editorials on behalf of ailing ground zero workers.
EDITORIAL CARTOONING — Walt Handelsman, Newsday, for his "stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation."
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY — Oded Balilty, The Associated Press, for his photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces in the West Bank.
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY — Renee C. Byer, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, for her portrait of a single mother and her dying child.
FICTION — "The Road," by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf).
DRAMA — "Rabbit Hole," by David Lindsay-Abaire.
HISTORY — "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation," by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf).
BIOGRAPHY — "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher," by Debby Applegate (Doubleday).
POETRY — "Native Guard," by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin).
GENERAL NONFICTION — "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf).
MUSIC — "Sound Grammar," by Ornette Coleman.