Alec MacGillis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter known for his deep reporting on social issues and public policy, will be honored with Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. MacGillis, who reports for ProPublica, will deliver the 2017 Lovejoy Convocation address at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel and receive an honorary doctoral degree.

Lovejoy, 1826 valedictorian at Colby (at the time, known as Waterville College), became a crusading abolitionist editor and was murdered in 1837 for his anti-slavery editorials. He was called America’s first martyr to freedom of the press by John Quincy Adams.

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