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Louis M. Lyons
was an American
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and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism
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. Lyons wrote articles and columns for the Boston Globe
starting in the 1920s. He also wrote for the Christian Science Monitor
, and published memoirs and other books. The Louis M. Lyons Award is named after him and "honors displays of conscience and integrity by individuals, groups or institutions in communications."
In 1963 Lyons received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy
Elijah Parish Lovejoy was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was murdered by an opposition mob in Alton, Illinois during their attack on his warehouse to destroy his press and abolitionist materials.Lovejoy's father was a Congregational minister...
Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College
Colby College is a private liberal arts college located on Mayflower Hill in Waterville, Maine. Founded in 1813, it is the 12th-oldest independent liberal arts college in the United States...
The Louis M. Lyons Foundation was formed in 2005 to preserve his TV and radio broadcasts (for WGBH
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Boston) and also to compile his unpublished memoirs and various articles for publication. In the 1920s he wrote a column for the Globe about conversations with his then-young son (Richard Lyons, who became a reporter for the Washington Post
). He also had two other sons, a daughter and a stepdaughter.