Dan Kane, 50, joined The News & Observer in 1997. He covered Durham City Hall, N.C. State University and state government before joining the investigative team two years ago. With a colleague, Kane broke a series of exclusive stories about legislative corruption and the creation of the state lottery, all involving former House Speaker Jim Black.
His most recent series, "Keeping Secrets," exposed the weakness of the state's personnel law. It led to an overhaul of the law and earned him the Associated Press Managing Editors' First Amendment Award. His reporting on the state Revenue Department's attempts to keep tax overpayments recently resulted in $2.3 million being returned to taxpayers.
David Raynor, 41, is news research database editor. He joined The N&O in 1992 and works with reporters to acquire, maintain and analyze data. Raynor has worked on several award-winning projects, including those that examined the failure of state mental health reforms and the state's restrictive personnel law.