“Jerry W. Mitchell remembers Ku Klux Klan members threatening his life, a sheriff telling him he might want to go home a different way to be safe, and hours of research for which he went unpaid. But none of this stopped Mitchell — a reporter with The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. — from delving into Klan history and helping put some of its members behind bars for decades-old crimes. To recognize those efforts, Mitchell on Sunday night received Colby College’s 2006 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award…”