Journalism can be a thankless job sometimes. Take this category's deserving winner, Missoulian cops and courts beat writer Tristan Scott, who, most recently, covered the W.R. Grace criminal trial for the better part of three months. What did Tristan have to show for his excellent daily reporting? How about an inglorious orange parking boot on his Subaru wagon, and $160 in parking fees. We call that a battle scar, the true measure of this talented writer's devotion to his craft. We wish we could offer some kind of monetary award to help cover Tristan's next boot—his blog, copsandcourts.com, says he's been booted four times in and around the courthouse—but instead it just shows how much we all appreciate his dogged reporting.
2. Michael Moore
3. Skylar Browning