The investigative series, reported by four journalists, is having an impact on revamping state law.
He will investigate the causes, solutions and implications of homegrown terrorism.
Winners will be revealed at a September dinner in Chicago during the Online News Association's annual conference.
The organization will donate the $10,000 prize money to its own emergency relief fund.
The editorial writer and op-ed page columnist gets a $75,000 stipend.
More than 1,000 entries were submitted in 50 categories.
The award marks the company’s first major accolade for innovation in the packaging sector.
The New York Times journalist has been fighting federal officials for years over the confirmation of a source's name.
Jay Root's "Hurting for Work" series claims the prize for shining a light on an inadequate program.
A total of 530 awards were won by 193 member newspapers in 40 states.
The winners were chosen as the most outstanding from a field of over 900 entries submitted by 77 alternative publications across the U.S. and Canada.
The Chicago-based publisher was recognized for five of its hyperlocal publications.
The Dallas Morning News received seven awards, including four first place recognitions, for print and online feature journalism.