Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor emeritus of the St. Petersburg Times, has been named the 1994 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Fellow by Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Colby College will award Patterson an honorary degree Nov. 17, and Patterson will deliver the annual Lovejoy lecture on campus that evening. He also will speak at a national conference discussing "The Midterm Elections: Did the Media Get the Message Right?" on campus earlier that day.
Patterson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for editorials he wrote while editor of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. He also worked as managing editor of the Washington Post, and taught for one year at Duke University.
Patterson succeeded Nelson Poynter as editor and chief executive of the Times in 1978, and under his leadership the Times Publishing Co. acquired Florida Trend magazine and launched Governing, a national magazine that specializes in news about state and local governments.
The award is named after Elijah Parish Lovejoy, who was killed in 1837 while defending his Alton, Ill., newspaper against a pro-slavery mob.
Lovejoy was a Maine native and a graduate of Colby College.