NOTE: Only one place is awarded in this category.
Winner: The Boston Globe / Keith Bedford, Barry Chin, Jessica Rinaldi, Pat Greenhouse, John Tlumacki
SUMMARY: Kyzr Willis, a sunny, rambunctious 7-year-old, drowned in July at Carson Beach in South Boston after going missing from a city-run day program. He slipped away unnoticed from two dozen teenage counselors, eight lifeguards, and three adults employees at the Curley Community Center and was found underwater about four hours later, some 20 yards from the shore. Kyzr’s death prompted a host of new oversight measures at summer drop-in programs, from stricter staffing requirements to hourly head counts of children.