ANNE HULL. A reporter of extraordinary integrity, intensity, and, above all, compassion, you write stories that expose injustice and prejudice and that catalyze needed reforms—in our government and our thinking. You have shined your investigative beam on shamefully negligent officials charged with caring for wounded war veterans and on the bile of bigots who attack and demean teenagers for their sexual orientation. Your reporting has moved us to a heightened awareness of the insidious unfairness of how our society treats race, economic circumstances, nationality, and other differences. In the best tradition of journalism, your work has brought more humane treatment for the voiceless and vulnerable. Like Elijah Parish Lovejoy, you have spoken courageously for the dispossessed and dispirited, writing prose that cannot be forgotten or ignored. Colby is proud to add your name to the list of distinguished journalists who have upheld the ideals for which we remember Lovejoy.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, ANNE HULL, the degree of Doctor of Laws,honoris causa. The hood and this diploma, which I place in your hands, are visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.