May 24, 2018
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Reporter who unearthed post-Katrina police shootings wins Colby College’s Lovejoy award

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A reporter whose research is credited to leading to the conviction of several New Orleans police officers for shooting deaths in the wake of Hurricane Katrina will be awarded Colby College’s 2013 Lovejoy Award.

A.C. Thompson, a reporter for ProPublica, will receive the award 5:30 p.m. Sunday, in Lorimer Chapel, according to the college’s website.

Working in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Thompson researched and wrote stories that led to convictions of several New Orleans police officers on federal charges in post-storm shooting deaths.

Colby’s Lovejoy Award, established in 1952, honors a member of the newspaper profession who continues Elijah Parish Lovejoy’s heritage of fearlessness and freedom, according to the website.

ProPublica is a nonprofit corporation based in New York City that produces investigative journalism in the public interest, according to its website.

The award is named after Elijah Parish Lovejoy who was born in Albion, graduated from Waterville College (now Colby) in 1826, and died in 1837 in Alton, Ill. when a pro-slavery mob attacked and burned the newspaper’s press building.

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