Woodward to receive 2012 Lovejoy Award

The College will award Bob Woodward of The Washington Post an honorary doctorate and the 60th Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism this Sunday, Nov. 11 at the annual Lovejoy Convocation. Woodward will be recognized for his original reporting on the Watergate scandal, which triggered investigation that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the prosecution of four dozen government officials.

The Lovejoy Award is given in honor of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, the 1826 valedictorian of Waterville College—now Colby—who condemned slavery until he was martyred for his reporting in 1837 by a mob that stormed his printing press. According to the College’s website, the Lovejoy Award is given to journalists who continue Lovejoy’s legacy of “fearlessness and freedom.”

Woodward began as a reporter for the Post in 1971, and a year later he worked with Carl Bernstein uncovering the political corruption of the Nixon administration. Woodward has been an investigative reporter for four decades and has written or co-written 17 non-fiction books, all of which have been best sellers. He is currently an associate editor at the Post.

The Convocation will take place in Lorimer Chapel at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.