Conferred November 15, 1979, by Colby President William R. Cotter.
Native of Illinois, graduate of Smith College, environmentalist and journalist, under your distinguished editorial direction and management, Alaska’s only morning newspaper, The Anchorage Daily News, was selected for the 1976 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. The honor was in recognition of a 15-article investigative series which traced the growth and influence of the Alaska Teamsters Union on the state’s economy and politics when its membership soared from 1500 to 23,000 during the pipeline boom. Impeded by a wall of secrecy put up by the Teamsters, your reporters traveled more than 3,000 miles seeking the truth. In spite of being personally threatened and verbally abused, you persisted and The Daily News produced sophisticated coverage of the union’s impact an Alaska. As a result, Teamster officials have been We more accountable to their membership and to the people of your state. In a speech to the citizens of Alton, Illinois in 1236, a year before his death. Elijah Parish Lovejoy, facing violence, declared, “…as long as I am an American citizen… I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject, being amenable to the laws of my country for the same.” Recognizing your unflagging dedication to the Lovejoy heritage of courage and crusading journalism, Colby honors you as the 27th recipient of the award which carries Lovejoy’s name and we proudly welcome you into its company of scholars.