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Anne Hull, a national enterprise reporter for The Washington Post who reported the story that exposed the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal in 2007 and has spent her career telling the stories of the voiceless and the vulnerable, will receive the 2008 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College on September 28. Hull will also receive an honorary doctoral degree at the annual Lovejoy Convocation on Colby’s campus in Waterville, Maine.
Given annually to a courageous journalist, the award honors the memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Colby’s valedictorian in 1826 and a passionate abolitionist publisher who was killed in Alton, Ill., in 1837 by a pro-slavery mob. He was America’s first martyr to freedom of the press.
Hull, along with reporter Dana Priest and photographer Michel du Cille, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service for their series that put a spotlight on the mistreatment of wounded war veterans at Walter Reed, in Washington.
She has been a Pulitzer finalist five other times: in 2005 for her “clear, sensitive, tirelessly reported stories on what it means to be young and gay in modern America;” in 2004 for her “intimate exploration of the lives of wounded soldiers returning from Iraq;” in 2003 for “her masterful accounts of young immigrants coming of age in the American South;” and in 2000 for “her quietly powerful stories of Mexican women who come to work in North Carolina crab shacks, in pursuit of a better life,” and in 1995, all according to the Pulitzer foundation.
“Anne is an extraordinary journalist, one of the finest of her generation,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, chair of the Lovejoy Selection Committee and former senior vice president and editor of the Chicago Tribune. “She brings a level of detail and humanity to her stories that make them among the most distinctive being published anywhere. She is also a thoroughly engaging speaker and storyteller. The Lovejoy Committee is honored to bring her to Colby.”
She will give an address at 8 p.m. Sept. 28, and at 4 p.m. a Goldfarb Center panel discussion, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless,” will feature other distinguished journalists from the United States and abroad.
The Lovejoy Convocation and panel discussion are events of The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, which connects teaching and research with contemporary political, economic and social issues.
For more information on the Lovejoy Award, visit www.colby.edu/lovejoy.