1990 IRE Awards
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Newspapers over 75,000Dianna Marder
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A series exposing tactics used by a convenience store chain to get innocent employees to confess to stealing money then forcing them to pay up.
Luis Feldstein Soto, Tom Fiedler, Lisa Getter, Justin Gillis, David Lyons, Jacquee Petchel and Joe Starita
The Miami Herald
Series on lavish lifestyles of public officials and conflicts between their business relationships and public duties.
Newspapers under 75,000Joan Mazzolini
Series showing the discriminatory membership policies at Birmingham country clubs.
The News Tribune (Woolbridge, NJ)
Articles revealing the existence of unexploded munitions and contamination from mustard gas and cyanide at an old Army arsenal, a site proposed for a waterfront development.
A story on toxic contamination at EPA Superfund sites in Jacksonville, Ark.
Story analyzing how the Bush administration spent $12 million helping Violeta Chamorro win the presidency of Nicaragua despite congressional restrictions on involvement.
Random House and Vintage Books
A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the IRS
The inside story of political influence, bribery, administrative failings and poor congressional oversight of the tax collecting agency.
Francis Dealy, Jr.
Birch Lane Press
Win at Any Cost: The Sell Out of College Athletics
A study of corruption in college athletics focusing on campus rape, drug abuse, recruiting bribes, academic fraud and the exploitation of black athletes.
Television, larger marketsSteve Andrews, Bruce Breslow and Robin Lane-Roane
Reports on mistreatment of foster and shelter children by Florida's Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services
Robbie Gordon, Eugenia Harvey, Peter Herdrich, Richard N. Kaplan, Ira Rosen, Diane Sawyer and Betsy West
ABC News Primetime Live
An investigation documenting negligence, patient abuse and unsanitary conditions at Veterans Administration hospitals.
Roberta Baskin and Joan Martelli
WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)
Stories uncovering inaccuracies and unfairness in the National Football League's drug testing program.
Television, smaller marketsAndrea Austin
KGW-TV (Portland, OR)
A series detailing the poor working and living conditions of migrant farm workers
Reports uncovering a conflict of interest involving a local public television station manager, who pocketed proceeds from a charity auction.