- Associated Press - Thursday, November 8, 2012

PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) - Washington political reporter Bob Woodward will receive Colby College’s annual Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

Woodward will receive the Maine school’s award during a Sunday ceremony at the liberal arts college in Waterville.

The Lovejoy Award has been given annually since 1952. It honors the memory of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, an 1826 Colby graduate who was killed in 1837 in Alton, Ill., while defending his abolitionist press against a pro-slavery mob.

Regarding Maine politics, Woodward said independent Sen.-elect Angus King should continue Maine’s long tradition of independent senators. Although Sen. Olympia Snowe, Sen. Susan Collins and former Sen. William Cohen are Republicans, he said they acted like independents.

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