Loren Ghiglione Receives the 2021 Carey McWilliams Award

The Carey McWilliams Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor major journalistic contributions to society’s understanding of politics.  

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Loren Ghiglione, emeritus professor at Northwestern University, has written or edited nine books, the latest being Genus Americanus: Hitting the Road in Search of America’s Identity. He owned and edited the Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News and ran its parent company, Worcester County Newspapers, for 26 years (1969-1995). He also served as president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (1989-1990).  During a second career in journalism education, he was the James M. Cox Jr. Professor of Journalism and the director of the journalism program at Emory University (1996-99), director of the University of Southern California’s journalism school (1999-2001), and dean of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism (2001-06). He was president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2006-07.  He received his B.A. from Haverford College, his Ph.D. in American Civilization from George Washington University and his Master of Urban Studies and J.D. from Yale.  He was awarded a Congressional Fellowship, a Reuters Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University, a Bogliasco Fellowship at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities, and fellowships to the Media Studies Center at Columbia University and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard University.  He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.   

Citation from the Award Committee: 

We are pleased to present the 2021 Carey McWilliams Award to Loren Ghiglione, a veteran journalist and journalism educator. The committee was impressed with Professor Ghiglione’s dedication to both journalism and journalism education. A former president of both the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, Ghiglione has a long history of advocating for diversity and inclusion in journalism. As president of the ASNE, he initiated a groundbreaking study of gay and lesbian journalists, which revealed biases in American newsrooms. His efforts to increase diversity in journalism have earned him awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, and the National Association for Multicultural Media Executives. As a journalism educator he encouraged students to take a global perspective and established a program at Northwestern University that has sent students on reporting trips around the world. Ghiglione is the author or editor of nine books. For his most recent book, Americanus: Hitting the Road in Search of America’s Identity (2020), Ghiglione partnered with Alyssa Karas and Dan Tham (both then journalism students) and traveled across the country, interviewing people about contemporary identity issues. 


APSA thanks the committee members for their serviceDr. Jennifer Nicoll Victor (Chair), George Mason University; Dr. Steven E. Schier, Carleton College; and Dr. Jenifer Whitten-Woodring, University of Massachusetts, Lowell.