Conferred November 16, 1978
A graduate of the University of Illinois in his native state, Mr. Kirkpatrick began his career with the Chicago Tribune forty years ago. Except for an interval with the United States Air Force in the Second World War his entire career has been with theTribune, from reporter to city editor to managing editor to editor in 1969. In recent years he has become an officer of the Chicago Tribune Company, and was appointed executive vice president in 1977. The Tribune has grown in stature over these decades. With Mr. Kirkpatrick’s active encouragement it has shown great journalistic courage, and was among the first of the major newspapers in 1974 to urge the resignation of the President of the United States. In recent years Mr. Kirkpatrick has been involved in efforts to ensure the free flow of news across national boundaries. He was appointed by President Ford as a delegate to the 19th General Conference of UNESCO in Kenya in 1976. Recipient of a number of significant awards, Mr. Kirkpatrick has come to be regarded as one of the champions of freedom of information abroad, in an age when restrictions on the press are in many countries the rule and free access to news the exception. Colby welcomes as Lovejoy Fellow a defender of the freedom that so often is hard-won, and which Lovejoy died to defend.