The premier war correspondent of his generation, John F. Burns, who spent the last five years reporting from Iraq, will receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award and give the annual Lovejoy Convocation address on September 30.
Burns has been arrested in China and Mozambique for his reporting activities and had to hide from Saddam Hussein’s secret police after escaping arrest in Iraq shortly before the war broke out there. He covered the overthrow of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the end of apartheid in South Africa and was the first New York Times Islamic affairs correspondent, from 1998 to 2001. He is now senior foreign correspondent for the Times and, since July 1, its London bureau chief.
Given annually to a courageous journalist, the award honors the memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Colby’s valedictorian in 1826 and a revered abolitionist publisher who was killed in Alton, Ill., in 1837 by a pro-slavery mob.
On the afternoon of September 30, the Goldfarb Center will sponsor a panel discussion in connection with the Lovejoy program. “Different Perspectives on Covering the War in Iraq,” will feature New York Times Baghdad bureau manager Jane Scott-Long, Washington Post photographer Andrea Bruce, formerly embedded Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz, and a CBS television reporter.
More information on the Lovejoy Award is online at www.colby.edu/lovejoy.