2007 Finalists

CATEGORY A: LARGE NEWSPAPERS

Gilded Paychecks” by Gretchen Morgenson, Julie Creswell, Geraldine Fabrikant and Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times

 “The Secretive Backdating of Option Awards for Corporate Executives” by Charles Forelle, James Bandler, Mark Maremont and Steve Stecklow, The Wall Street Journal

1. The Perfect Payday
2. Open Spigot, Bosses' Pay: How Stock Options Became Part of the Problem
3. Matter of Timing, Five More COmpanies Show Questionable Options Pattern
4. Dating Game, Stock-Options Criminal Charge: Slush Fund and Fake Employees
5. Executive Retreat, Stock-Options Scandal Fugitive Puts Roots Down in Namibia
6. Bad Options, How a Giant Insurer Decided to Oust Hugely Successful CEO
7. Executive Pay: The 9/11 Factor

“The Hewlett-Packard Spying Scandal” by Alan Murray, Steve Stecklow, Charles Forelle, John R.Wilke, Rebecca Buckman, Peter Waldman, Joann S. Lublin, George Anders, Pui-Wing Tam and John R. Emshwiller, The Wall Street Journal

1. Directors Cut: H-P Board Clash Over Leaks Triggers Angry Resignation
2. H-P Scandal Puts Chairman, Lawyer in Awkward Light - Investigators Suspect Crimes Were Committed in Effort to Trace Boardroom Leaks
3. H-P Chairman's Uncertain Fate Casts CEO Hurd Into Spotlight
4. Boardroom Duel: Behind H-P CHairman's Fall, Clash With a Powerful Director
5. I Spy - A Reporter's Story: How H-P Kept Tabs on Me for a Year
6. Old Trick: Hewlett-Packard Was Far From First to Try 'Pretexting'

Harvesting Cash” by Dan Morgan, Gilbert M. Gaul and Sarah Cohen, The Washington Post

CATEGORY B: MEDIUM NEWSPAPERS

On Shaky Ground” by June Arney and Fred Schulte, The Baltimore Sun 

Crab Factory” by Chiaki Kawajiri, Gady A. Epstein and Stephanie Desmon, The Baltimore Sun 

“Foreclosing on the American Dream” by David Olinger, Aldo Svaldi, Greg Griffin and Jeffrey A. Roberts, The Denver Post Post   

Radio Shack CEO's Resume in Question” by Heather Landy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

CATEGORY C: SMALL NEWSPAPERS 

The Killer Cure” by Scott Finn and Tara Tuckwiller, The Charleston (W. Va) Gazette

The Kosher Jungle” by Nathaniel Popper, Forward (New York, N.Y.)

The Great Empire Zone Giveaway” by Mike McAndrew and Michelle Breidenbach, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)

Time Shares” by Kyle Stock, The Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.)

CATEGORY D: MAGAZINES

Private Equity” by Emily Thornton, Dean Foust and David Henry, BusinessWeek    

How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change the World? One.” by Charles Fishman, Fast Company        

The Boss Who Spied on Her Board” by David A. Kaplan, Newsweek    

What is a Living Wage?” by Jon Gertner, The New York Times Magazine   

CATEGORY E: COMMENTARY

Jay Hancock Columns” by Jay Hancock, The Baltimore Sun  

Steve Bailey Downtown” by Steve Bailey, The Boston Globe  

Talking Business” by Joe Nocera, The New York Times  

“Review and Outlook” by Kimberley A. Strassel, The Wall Street Journal   

Business” by Alan Murray, The Wall Street Journal  

CATEGORY F: DEADLINE WRITING

“Deal Unites Future Foes” by Greg Burns, Susan Diesenhouse, Susan Chandler, Julie Johnson and David Greising, Chicago Tribune 

Blue Friday” by Louis Aguilar, Bill Vlasic, Daniel Howes, Bryce G. Hoffman, Dorothy Bourdet, Christine Tierney and Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News 

The War at H-P” by Damon Darlin, Matt Richtel and Kurt Eichenwald, The New York Times 

“The Implosion of a Highflying Hedge Fund” by Ann Davis, Henny Sender and Gregory Zuckerman, The Wall Street Journal  

Futures Shock: The Mammoth Merger of the Merc and the CBOTAaron Lucchetti, Alistair MacDonald, Edward Taylor, Susan Carey, Joseph T. Hallinan, Peter A. McKay, Ann Davis, Matt Chambers and Mohammed Hadi, The Wall Street Journal 

CATEGORY G: BEAT WRITING

Radio Shack CEO's Resume in Question” by Heather Landy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 

Don Lee on the Corruption in the New China” by Don Lee, Los Angeles Times

The Oil Giveaway” by Edmund L. Andrews, The New York Times

The Moral, Legal and Economic Dilemmas of Illegal Immigration” by Miriam Jordan, The Wall Street Journal

Health-Care Goldmines: Middlemen Reap Benefits of Rising Costs” by Barbara Martinez and George Anders, The Wall Street Journal

CATEGORY H: NEWS SERVICES OR ONLINE CONTENT

Ports Security” by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press

Mortgage Finance” by Lingling Wei, Dow Jones Newswires

Who Are the Short Sellers?” by Alistair Barr, MarketWatch

Illegal Workers: Injured and Abandoned” by Liz Chandler, The McClatchy Company

CATEGORY I: FEATURE WRITING

“A Head for Detail” by Clive Thompson, Fast Company

“Revenge of the Nerds” by Adam L. Penenberg, Fast Company

Rewriting the Social Contract” by Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times

The Hedge-Fund King is Getting Nervous” by Susan Pulliam, The Wall Street Journal

CATEGORY J: TELEVISION DAILY

High Tech Genius” by Michelle Miller, Chris Hulme and Patricia Shelvin, CBS Evening News: Weekend Editions

“Take as Directed” by Rand Morrison, Estelle Popkin, Gavin Boyle, Susan Spencer, David Bhagat and Jon Carris, CBS News Sunday Morning

“Amaranth Explanation” by Jim Cramer, CNBC

“Trophy” by Jim Popkin, Lisa Myers, Albert Oetgen, Doug Adams, Adam Ciralsky and Rich Gardella,  NBC News

CATEGORY K: TELEVISION ENTERPRISE

“ABC News - Brian Ross Investigates: 'Mugus and Masters'” by Brian Ross, Joseph Rhee and Len Tepper, ABC News 20/20

The Mother of All Heists” by Jeff Fager, Steve Kroft, Andy Court, Keith Sharman, Patti Hassler and Daniel J. Glucksman, CBS News 60 Minutes

“Big Brother, Big Business” by Josh Howard and David Faber, CNBC

“A Fraud on Your House” by Byron Harris, Mark Smith and Kraig Kirchem, WFAA-TV (Dallas, Texas)

CATEGORY L: BUSINESS BOOK

China Shakes the World” by James Kynge, Houghton Mifflin

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More” by Chris Anderson, Hyperion

“The Wal-Mart Effect” by Charles Fishman, The Penguin Press