WATERVILLE (AP) – Two Chicago Tribune investigative reporters whose stories led to pardons of wrongly accused death-row inmates are this year’s winners of Colby College’s Lovejoy Award.

Steve Mills and Maurice Possley were selected by a committee of distinguished newspaper editors.

The award, which will be presented for the 51st year on Oct. 15 at the Waterville campus, is named for Elijah Parish Lovejoy. The Colby graduate was killed while defending his abolitionist newspaper in Alton, Ill., from an angry mob in 1837.

Possley, a Tribune reporter for 20 of his 31 years in journalism, has written about prosecutorial misconduct, false and coerced confessions, the death penalty and wrongful convictions.

Stories by Mills, a Tribune reporter since 1994, have focused on the death penalty, miscarriages of justice and other problems in the criminal justice system.

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Colby College-Lovejoy: www.colby.edu/lovejoy

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