1986 IRE Awards
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The Washington Post
A series that challenges widely held assumptions about the reason for teen-age pregnancy in poorer communities.
Alex Beasley and Rosemary Goudreau
The Orlando Sentinel
Series finds the nation's liability laws are being rewritten based on incomplete and inaccurate information.
Newspapers under 75,000Ken Kolker, Steve Jessmore, Paul Chaffee and Curt Leece
The Saginaw (Mich.) News
A series on how blight robs the city of its homes, its history and its spirit.
The Independent (Durham, N.C.)
Stories showing that a rushed, superficial property tax revolution mistakenly created more than a million dollars in tax breaks for the county's most affluent homeowners.
MagazineWilliam C. Symonds and team
A story of questionable management practices at Allegheny International
A story about the growing number of members of Congress who are receiving all-expenses paid vacations for themselves and their families from business and special interest groups, possibly in violation of federal ethics rules.
Television, larger marketsAl Austin, Andy Greenspan and Peter Molenda
Stories finding that a young Minnesota man who had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for two rapes in Texas was innocent.
Joe Collum, James Perry and Andra Hayes
Investigation documents that at least seven inmates in Houston's county jail died because medical attention was not available.
Television, smaller marketsMike Jacobs and Ray Lapine
A story investigates school bus accidents and finds drivers with long histories of traffic violations.
John McPherson and Jill Kalstrom
A story revealing that the county was illegally burying hazardous waste in a landfill licensed for dirt and construction debris.
An undercover investigation into the operation of a local business school that showed how federal and state laws were being broken with the admission of unqualified students and alteration of attendance and employment records.
KMOX (St. Louis)
A story about how doctors with revoked licenses from other states or histories of malpractice suits could continue to practice on unsuspecting patients in Missouri.
BooksDavid E. Kaplan and Alec Dubro
Addison Wesley (publisher)
Investigates the powerful Japanese organized crime sydicate.