Colby honors drug-war writer

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 3:47 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A journalist who has covered Mexico’s bloody drug wars is the 2010 recipient of the Colby College Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

During a ceremony Sunday night at the Waterville campus, Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News, told of his own experiences covering the drug cartels and murders that are part of the story. He also drew attention to the plight of Mexican journalists who have put their lives on the line and died covering the story.

Despite death threats he has received, Corchado has continued to report about drug dealers, organized crime, disappearances and deaths.

The Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, is named for a Colby graduate who was murdered in 1837 while defending against a pro-slavery mob in Illinois.