Since 1952, Honoring Courage in Journalism
Colby’s Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, honors a member of the newspaper profession who continues Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom. The recipient may be an editor, reporter, or publisher who has contributed to the nation’s journalistic achievement. Criteria include integrity, craftsmanship, character, intelligence, and courage.
James Risen, an investigative reporter for the New York Times and an author who is currently under threat of incarceration for refusing to reveal his sources of information detailing a botched CIA operation dealing with Iran, will receive Colby College’s Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism Oct. 5 in Waterville, President David A. Greene announced.
The Story of Lovejoy
Elijah Parish Lovejoy was born Nov. 9, 1802, in Albion, Maine, and graduated from Waterville College (now Colby) in 1826. On Nov. 7, 1837, in Alton, Ill., Lovejoy, a newspaper editor, became America’s first martyr to the freedom of the press when a pro-slavery mob set fire to the building that housed his press. Killed as he attempted to extinguish the blaze, he was buried on Nov. 9, his 35th birthday