First place: Maggie Clark, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Read online: 2 million kids – $42 billion battle The laser-like focus of this project is truly inspiring. Journalists across the country should use this project as a blueprint to examine how Medicaid works in their communities. Second place: Corina Curry, Rockford Register Star Third place: Kate Bramson, The Providence Journal

First place: Deborah Strange, The Gainesville Sun Read online: Superintendent’s book raises questions about academic standards, allegation of plagiarism The reporter’s talent for ground-breaking enterprise makes this a entry a real winner. Second place: Kelly Humphrey, Northwest Florida Daily News Third place: Bill Shaner, MetroWest Daily News

First place: Trevor McDonald, Hannibal Courier-Post Read online: Hannibal’s Heroin Homefront: Victims remembered for their lives, not deaths Second place: Kathy Jessup, Sturgis Journal Third place: Derek Lacey, Hendersonville Times-News  

First place: Aaron Little, Santa Rosa Press Gazette Read online: Will Santa Rosa County spend half a penny on the courthouse? Solid public service reporting on important tax vote, alcohol vote and public school resources made this the clear winner in this division. Second place: Ethan Hartley, Danvers Herald Third place: Aaron Leibowitz, Malden Observer