Foreign correspondent Paul Salopek last night received Colby College's "Lovejoy Award" for journalistic achievement. Salopek called himself a "messenger from the edge" bringing attention to the masses of people in nations of the developing world.
And Salopek noted he had the "vast resources," of an American journalism organization behind him, while many of his colleagues in the countries he's covered did not.
"They put not only their careers, but also their very lives and the lives of their families on the line to deliver the truth. I work with them often and they humble me. They share our ideals. Elijah Parish Lovejoy would recognize them as kin."
Salopek is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has reported for the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic and a variety of other publications. He's reported from more than 50 countries and covered more than 20 conflicts, and was imprisoned for five weeks in 2006 while reporting from Darfur.
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, a Maine native and Colby grad, was killed defending his press in Alton, Illinois for his anti-slavery views.