Award Winners

2008

Large Newspaper

"Chasing Memory" series - 19-22 Aug. 2007

 Los Angeles Times

 

“I never had more fun or learned more than during the months I spent in the lab researching this series,” said Terry McDermott, who won the award in the 2008 large-newspaper category for his series on “Chasing Memory” in the Los Angeles Times. It was the last series he wrote for the paper—he was let go as part of the paper’s effort to substantially reduce staff. McDermott previously had won the large-newspaper award in 1995 while he was at The Seattle Times.

The judges praised McDermott’s ambitious, meticulously reported series on memory and the brain....Read more

2007

Large Newspaper

"Altered Oceans" - 30 July — 3 Aug. 2006

Los Angeles Times

 

Kenneth Weiss and Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times won for an ambitious series that examined the profound disturbances that have been occurring in the ecology of the world’s oceans.

“The Altered Oceans series was an unusual undertaking for a newspaper,” Weiss said. “there was no single dramatic event like a hurricane or tsunami. No mass human deaths. Instead, we looked at the slow creep of environmental decay — the kind of changes that most people never notice.”

The series described how industrial society has been overdosing the...Read more

2006

Large Newspaper

"Probing a Mind for a Cure" - 26 Feb. 2006

The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

The judges were impressed by Burling’s use of a single case study about the life and death of an Alzheimer's patient to explore the current scientific understanding of the disease and its human impact. Andrew Revkin of The New York Times called Burling’s story “a superb route into a harrowing subject” that illuminates aspects of science “with rare clarity.” Guy Gugliotta, a freelance science writer who was formerly with The Washington Post, said Burling’s story elegantly juxtaposed “the science of the disease with the consequences,...Read more

2005

Large Newspaper

"String Theory, at 20, Explains It All (or Not)" - 7 Dec. 2004

"Remembrance of Things Future: The Mystery of Time" - 28 June 2005

"The Next Einstein? Applicants Welcome" - 1 Mar. 2005

The New York Times

 

The print judging committee was impressed by Overbye’s wit and erudition in walking readers through the arcane world of string theory, the mysteries of time, and the prospects for another Albert Einstein.

“Sometimes the simplest, most basic elements of the universe are the most difficult to understand and explain, and surely time must be one of the top contenders,” said Gino Del Guercio, an independent television producer and former AAAS journalism prize winner who served as a judge. “Overbye writes about it with wit and clarity that makes it all look easy.”...Read more

2004

Large Newspaper

2003

Large Newspaper

"What Went Wrong?"- 28-30 July 2002

"Study in Frustration" - 28-30 July 2002

"Still Searching" - 28-30 July 2002

Newsday

2002

Large Newspaper

"The Devil is in the Details" - 3 July 2001

"Sunken Fires Menace Land and Climate" - 15 Jan. 2002

"US Sees Problem In Climate Change" - 3 June 2002

The New York Times

2001

Large Newspaper

“A Quiet Crusade” (series), Baltimore Sun - 29 September, 21 November 1999; 7 Mar. 2000

Baltimore Sun

2000

Large Newspaper

1999

Large Newspaper

"Almost in Awe, Physicists Ponder 'Ultimate' Theory" - 22 Sept. 1998

"Of Mice and Elephants: a Matter of Scale" - 12 Jan. 1999

"Mindless Creatures, Acting 'Mindfully'" - 23 Mar. 1999

The New York Times

1998

Large Newspaper

1997

Large Newspaper

1996

Large Newspaper

"New State of Matter Heralded as Physics' 'Holy Grail'" - July 14, 1995

"Inside the Indivisible: Quarks Collide With Theories," - 13 May 1996

"Taming Anti-Atoms: A Matter of Degrees" - 13 May 1996

The Washington Post

1995

Large Newspaper

1993

Large Newspaper

"'Iceman' Yields Details of Stone Age Transition" - 15 Oct. 1992

"After 2000, Outlook for the Ozone Layer Looks Good" - 15 Apr.1993

"'Greenhouse Effect' Seems Benign So Far" - 1 June 1993

The Washington Post

1992

Large Newspaper