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New York Times Foreign Correspondent to Receive Colby College’s Lovejoy Award

Alissa Rubin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times, will receive Colby College’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. Rubin will deliver the 2016 Lovejoy Convocation address at the ceremony, which is open to the public, and receive an honorary doctoral degree.

Lovejoy, Colby’s valedictorian in 1826, became a crusading abolitionist editor and was murdered in 1837 for his anti-slavery editorials. He was called America’s first martyr to freedom of the press by John Quincy Adams.

The award, presented annually by Colby since 1952, will honor Rubin for her intrepid reporting—often at great personal peril—in hotspots around the globe, from the Balkans to Baghdad. That work was interrupted briefly in 2014, when Rubin was severely injured in a helicopter accident while reporting in Iraq on the takeover of Northern Iraq by the Islamic State.

“Alissa Rubin illuminates the lives of real human beings behind the headlines, from the residents of women’s shelters in Afghanistan, to the workers at an Iraqi morgue,” said Colby President David A. Greene. “Honoring her work through the Lovejoy Award offers our students and broader community an opportunity to learn through her remarkable experiences.”

Also on Oct. 24, Capturing War: Images of Conflict, Upheaval, and Revolution will feature images from three leading news photographers in Colby’s Diamond building. At 4 p.m., Carol Guzy, Andrea Bruce, and Nina Berman will talk about their prizewinning work at a reception in the Diamond atrium. The event, sponsored by Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, echoes many of the themes in Rubin’s work.

Now leading the Times’ Paris bureau, Rubin was also bureau chief for the paper in the Iraqi capital and in Kabul, where she often reported on the constrained lives of Afghan women. Her foreign reporting began as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times from the Balkans, where she covered the fighting in Macedonia and post-conflict stresses in the rest of the former Yugoslavia.

In addition to the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, which she will accept at Columbia University later in the week, Rubin has also won the Overseas Press Award, the John Chancellor Award, and the Michael J. Kelly Award. She is a graduate of Brown University.

The Lovejoy Award selection committee includes:

David Shribman (chair)
vice president and executive editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rebecca Corbett ’74
assistant managing editor, New York Times

Mike Pride
administrator of Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University; editor emeritus, Concord Monitor

Stephen Engelberg
editor-in-chief, ProPublica

Christine S. Chinlund
managing editor/news, Boston Globe

Marcela Gaviria
producer, PBS FRONTLINE

Martin Kaiser
editor and senior vice president, retired, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Neil Gross
Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Colby College

 

Ex-Officio members include:

David A. Greene
president, Colby College

Daniel M. Shea
director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Eric S. Rosengren ’79, P’12
chair, Colby Board of Trustees