Cornelia Grumman of the Chicago Tribune for her editorials against the death penalty.
David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Also nominated: Rex Babin of the Sacramento Bee; and Clay Bennett of the Christian Science Monitor.
The Rocky Mountain News staff for Colorado's raging forest fires.
Also nominated: Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times on the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; and the Washington Times staff on sniper killings in the Washington region.
Don Bartletti of the Los Angeles Times on undocumented Central American youths traveling to the United States.
Also nominated: Matt Black, freelance photographer for the Los Angeles Times on black sharecroppers who migrated to California's San Joaquin Valley during the Depression; and Brad Clift of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant on heroin addiction in a Connecticut city.
"Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
Also nominated: "Servants of the Map: Stories" by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton); and "You Are Not a Stranger Here" by Adam Haslett (Nan A. Talese-Doubleday).
"Anna in the Tropics" by Nilo Cruz.
Also nominated: "The Goat or Who is Sylvia?" by Edward Albee; and "Take Me Out" by Richard Greenberg.