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Colby College to honor Watergate scandal journalist Woodward

Bob Woodward
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — Bob Woodward, half of the reporting duo that broke major stories about the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, will receive Colby College’s 2012 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

The award has been handed out for the past 60 years to recognize American journalists for their bravery in covering difficult and dangerous stories, according to a Colby press release.

The Lovejoy honors the memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Colby’s valedictorian in 1826, who published an abolitionist newspaper in Alton, Ill., until he was killed in 1837 for condemning slavery and defending his right to publish.

Woodward, a former Washington Post reporter, will accept the award during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel. The event is open to the public and Woodward will speak.

The Washington Post hired Woodward in 1971. The next year, he was assigned to work with another reporter, Carl Bernstein. Together, the two journalists did the bulk of reporting that blew open the Watergate scandal, which led to the eventual downfall of President Richard Nixon and four dozen government officials convicted of crimes.

Today, Woodward is associate editor at The Washington Post and has written or co-written 17 nonfiction books.

“[Woodward’s] work in uncovering Watergate 40 years ago is just the best known in a career devoted to investigating some of the nation’s most complex people and institutions,” said Ann Marie Lipinski, chairwoman of the award selection committee and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. “War, the White House, Hollywood, the Supreme Court, and more have been deconstructed by Woodward and better understood for his rare skill and insight.”

Other events scheduled for Nov. 11 ceremony include a panel discussion — “Hold the Presses: Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age” — at 4 p.m. in the Diamond Building’s Ostrove Auditorium.

Woodward did not immediately return a message requesting comment Thursday afternoon.

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