BuzzFeed NewsBen Smith, Editor in Chief
“We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage,” by Christine Kenneally
BuzzFeed News uncovered a story left untold for decades: the astonishing secrets of the routine emotional and sexual abuse of children in a Virginia orphanage in the 1960s.
The California Sunday MagazineDouglas McGray, Editor in Chief
“A Kingdom From Dust,” by Mark Arax
The California Sunday Magazine tackled the complicated realities of modern-day farming, weaving together social history with profiles of billionaire land owners and in-the-fields investigations.
EsquireJay Fielden, Editor in Chief
“This Place Is Crazy,” by John J. Lennon
Written in muscular and empathetic prose by an inmate at Attica Correctional Facility, in upstate New York, “This Place Is Crazy” illuminated the plight of mentally ill prisoners, trapped in institutions designed to penalize rather than treat.
New YorkAdam Moss, Editor in Chief
“Everyone Believed Larry Nassar,” by Kerry Howley
With unflinching, compassionate portraits of former gymnasts and their families, supported by the recollections of doctors and coaches, “Everyone Believed Larry Nassar” definitively explained how Nassar got away with abuse for decades.
The New YorkerDavid Remnick, Editor
“A Theory of Relativity,” by Elif Batuman
In “A Theory of Relativity,” The New Yorker explored a unique Japanese industry that enables people to rent a friend, a parent, even a groom. The result—funny, sad, sincere and affecting—illuminated the entire human condition.
SmithsonianMichael Caruso, Editor in Chief
“Taming the Lionfish,” by Jeff MacGregor
Using sun-drenched, nausea-inducing lion-fish hunting as a narrative anchor, Smithsonian expertly connected competitive spear fishers, progressive chefs, marine biologists and mermaids while pondering ecological and environmental conflicts.
The Washington PostFred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor
“What Do We Owe Her Now?,” by Elizabeth Bruenig
September 19 at washingtonpost.com
With deep reporting and deft prose, Elizabeth Bruenig tells the quietly searing story of Amber Wyatt, a fellow high-school student in Texas who was raped during a party in 2006, then shamed and isolated by her entire community.