Also nominated: Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman of the Wall Street Journal, David Zucchino of the Los Angeles Times.
Nominated: Robert Lee Hotz of the Los Angeles Times, Anne Hull and Tamara Jones of the Washington Post, Patricia Wen of the Boston Globe.
Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald for "his fresh, vibrant columns that spoke, with both passion and compassion, to ordinary people on often divisive issues."
Also nominated: Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dan Neil of the Los Angeles Times for "his one-of-a-kind reviews of automobiles, blending technical expertise with offbeat humor and astute cultural observations."
Also nominated: Nicolai Ouroussoff of the Los Angeles Times, Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
William Stall of the Los Angeles Times for "his incisive editorials that analyzed California's troubled state government, prescribed remedies and served as a model for addressing complex state issues."
Also nominated: Andrew Malcolm of the Los Angeles Times, Andres Martinez of the New York Times.
Matt Davies of the Journal News, White Plains, N.Y., for his piercing cartoons on an array of topics, drawn with a fresh, original style.
Also nominated: Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Garry Trudeau of Universal Press Syndicate.
Breaking news photography
David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer of the Dallas Morning News for "their eloquent photographs depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq."
Also nominated: The Associated Press staff, Chris Hondros of Getty Images.
Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times for "her cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict."
Also nominated: Pauline Lubens, Dai Sugano and Patrick Tehan of the San Jose Mercury News, Damir Sagolj of Reuters.