Maine college honors journalist in Mexico

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 11:36 a.m.
The entrance of El Noroeste newspaper is covered with bullet holes after unidentified gunmen opened fire on the newspaper's offices in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico, Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010.  According to el Noroeste, the attack came hours after anonymous calls were made to the newspaper by a group that identified itself as &quotLa Linea," or The Line, demanding that the daily publish stories related to the illegal activities of the Sinaloa drug cartel.  (AP photo/Christiann Davis)
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The entrance of El Noroeste newspaper is covered with bullet holes after unidentified gunmen opened fire on the newspaper's offices in the Pacific resort city of Mazatlan, Mexico, Wednesday Sept. 1, 2010. According to el Noroeste, the attack came hours after anonymous calls were made to the newspaper by a group that identified itself as "La Linea," or The Line, demanding that the daily publish stories related to the illegal activities of the Sinaloa drug cartel. (AP photo/Christiann Davis)

WATERVILLE, Maine — Alfredo Corchado, a journalist who has covered Mexico’s bloody drug wars, will receive Colby College’s 2010 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

The selection committee at the liberal arts college says that despite death threats Corchado has continued to report about drug dealers, organized crime, disappearances and deaths.

Corchado, who serves as Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, says he’ll accept the award Sunday in memory of his courageous Mexican colleagues and “dedicate it to those who continue to risk their lives to document one of the most important stories of our time.”

The Lovejoy Award was established in 1952. It’s named for a Colby graduate who was murdered in 1837 while defending his press against a pro-slavery mob in Illinois.

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