Sam Boykin won first place in New Feature Writing for "The Human Face of Piedmont Courts." Judge's comments: News stories on policy can ramble for pages -- but who are the people behind them? Boykin answers that question in a heartfelt, compelling manner. Highly enjoyable, interesting reading." Boykin also won second place in General News Reporting for "The New Nuclear Fallout." Judge's comments: "Boykin covers it all, an in-depth look at Duke Energy's plan -- the surplus plutonium disposition program. The lead sets the stage. The objectivity capturing both sides of the issue allows Duke to answer concerns from an environmental agency. Good, clean writing -- even I understood this complex issue."
Tim Davis won second place in Sports Feature Writing for "Diamond Anniversary," about the 100th anniversary of pro baseball in Charlotte. Judge's comment: "As thorough a story as I've ever read. Description. Description. Description. Looking-back stories are not easy to do. This one is done well."
Tara Servatius won second place in News Enterprise Reporting for "Left In The Lurch," a story about a lack of police officers in a troubled neighborhood. Judge's comments: "By talking to local officials, affected residents and even a crack addict, Servatius showed readers a side of life they normally wouldn't see."*