1988 IRE Awards
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Donald Barlett and James Steele
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A series demonstrating how congressional committees granted special tax breaks to wealthy individuals and corporations.
The Dallas Morning News
Series reveals how 150 poor, black families were forced to live in a crime-ridden slum costing millions of federal tax dollars after the government bailed out a housing project.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
A series on how home mortgage lending practices by banks and savings and loans discriminated against blacks.
Newspapers under 75,000Paul Nyden
The Charleston Gazette
Stories about the West Virginia Department of Energy's systematic failure to enforce environmental and safety laws concerning the coal mining industry.
The Anchorage Daily News
Series about the cultural devastation of the Indians, Eskimos and Aleuts of Alaska
G.P. Putnam and Sons
The Pentagon's secret involvement in covert operations during the Reagan administration.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson
American intelligence agencies used Nazi war criminals in covert operations after World War II.
A Bright Shining Lie
Accounting of the Vietnam War told primarily through the actions of John Paul Vann, an influential American officer.
Television, larger marketsLea Thompson, Rick Nelson and Sheila Duffy
WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.)
Series about a fertility specialist preying on the desperation of couples by leading them to believe the wife was pregnant when she was not.
Television, smaller marketsErin Hayes and Pat Slattery
Series showing how the city's sewer department was dumping sludge into creeks, rivers and ditches.
WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge)
A documentary demonstrating that Louisiana's Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control had become a virtual do-nothing agency.
Stories about the questionable practices of a foundation that claimed to raise money to grant wishes to sick children.