Commencement Speaker

William K. Marimow

Trinity College Class of 1969
Doctor of Letters

After graduating from Trinity in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in English, Marimow began working at the Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia before joining The Philadelphia Inquirer. At The Inquirer, he covered a series of beats, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1978, and, seven years later, the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He then moved to The Baltimore Sun, where he served as metro editor, managing editor, and then editor-in-chief. During Marimow’s time at the newspaper, The Sun won Pulitzers for feature writing, beat reporting, and investigative reporting and was chosen by Columbia Journalism Review as one of the nation’s 10 best newspapers.

In 2004, Marimow moved from The Sun to National Public Radio, where he strengthened and expanded the news division. In 2006, he returned to The Philadelphia Inquirer as editor. In 2011, he joined the faculty of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The following year brought him back to newspapers when he was recruited to become, once again, the editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Marimow has earned, among other honors, two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards. In 1982, he was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Trustees (2008-2015) and the recipient of Trinity’s 175th Anniversary Award, the Alumni Achievement Award, and The Eigenbrodt Cup, which recognizes a prominent graduate who has rendered unusual and significant service to the College.

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