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.
Read William Marimow's Commencement Address.