As editor of Colby magazine, I'm privy to a news feed of alumni accomplishments. But sometimes I get the news where I live, in this case at breakfast on the front page of my Morning Sentinel newspaper.
The lead story in the Sentinel (and nearly 500 other media outlets around the world) was a story co-written and reported by Matt Apuzzo ’00, correspondent for The Associated Press based in Washington. It was about how the CIA often promotes and rewards agents and analysts who commit the biggest blunders. Matt Apuzzo vs. the CIA. I sipped my tea and smiled.
Full disclosure: Matt is a friend of mine and former colleague at the Sentinel. He worked there as a student intern when he was at Colby and we spent many a night in the newsroom, Matt taking sports scores over the phone, me finishing a column. What struck me at the outset was Matt's ebullient enthusiasm, his clear relish for everything about the newspaper business. When he worked his way up to reporting, he would take an assignment and bound off into central Maine, like a hound on a fresh track. There was no stopping him and he almost always delivered the story. This was a guy who had journalism in his blood.
Matt majored in biology at Colby but he really majored in the Colby Echo. He spent most waking hours working at the paper, and his unwaking hours recovering from the grueling weekly pace. It was a Colby education that served him well.
After graduation, Matt rocketed up the newspaper ladder. He focused on organized crime, but also covered Katrina, sleeping in his car and filing remarkable stories from the ravaged coastline. Now he's writing stories about justice and other matters from Washington D.C. Big stories. The kind that end up on the front page of the New York Times and Washington Post. He's affecting the course of the nation.
Good for him. Good for the country. Good for Colby.