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CC Journalism Instructor Alan Prendergast ’78 Honored

Alan Prendergast '78, who teaches in Colorado College's journalism program, has been awarded the 2015 Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award by Ball State University. His article, "Bloody Ludlow," which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the worst labor conflict in American history, was the cover story in the April 14, 2014 issue of Westword, a Denver newspaper.

Prendergast used archival research, interviews, and field observation to provide a detailed historical narrative explaining the origins of the 1914 Colorado coal strike, the escalation of violence against striking mine workers, and the destruction of the Ludlow tent colony and its aftermath. The judges cited the meticulous research involved, as well as vivid imagery and description, which provided a detailed, engaging account of a relatively unknown piece of American history.

Prendergast has taught courses for the journalism minor at CC for more than a decade, with recent courses alternating between Magazine Writing and Literary Journalism (Block Seven 2015), in which students produce a magazine at the end of the block, and Reporting on Government (Block Six 2016).

"Alan is a splendid writer and has made a great contribution to the success of the journalism minor at CC," said Political Science Professor David Hendrickson, director of the journalism program.

Prendergast began his journalism career as an office assistant at The New Yorker. In addition to a bachelor's degree in English from CC, he holds a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where he studied as a Kiplinger Fellow. Prendergast will accept the award Wednesday, April 8 at Ball State University's Department of Journalism's annual awards luncheon.

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