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Bill Arkin receives Margolin award from members of the Margolin family

Media, Film & Journalism Studies

The Morton L. Margolin Lecturer


Morton Margolin Headshot

Beginning in 2015, the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture has been given each year in honor of renowned Colorado business journalist Morton Margolin. During his distinguished 35-year career as a journalist with the Rocky Mountain News and the Colorado Business Magazine that he co-founded, Margolin received many awards, including a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. His series of news stories exposing controversial U.S. reclamation projects in the Riverton, Wyo., area in 1952 won him that nomination.

Prior to the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture Series, the University of Denver School of Communication and the Denver College of Business presented the prestigious Morton Margolin Prize recognizing Distinguished Business Reporting in Colorado from 1980 until 2008. A group of Margolin's friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer

Fourth Annual Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer: Bill Arkin

Bill Arkin's headshotThe Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies was happy to host this year's Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer, Bill Arkin, on Wednesday, May 1 for his discussion, "How the News Media -- and the Public -- Contribute to Perpetual War." 

William M. Arkin is a columnist for The Guardian and is writing a book on ending the era of perpetual war. He is an award winning journalist and columnist who has had front page bylines in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. As an analyst, reporter and consultant to NBC News from 1999-2019, he was one of the few regular on-air military analysts who was not a retired general or admiral, and as such he brought both a "civilian" perspective to national security. He started his career as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Army in West Berlin during the Cold War and is author of over a dozen books, including the best sellers Top Secret America and Nuclear Battlefields. He has worked for Human Rights Watch, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Greenpeace. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Air Force and pioneered on-the-ground bomb damage and civilian casualties assessments. He has been involved in countless exposes of secret programs and activities of the U.S. government and has been the target – more than once – of government threats and legal action.


Past Honorees

Morton Margolin Business Journalism Award Winners
  • 2008: Gargi Chakrabarty, Rocky Mountain News
  • 2007: David Olinger and Aldo Svaldi, Denver Post
  • 2006: Allen Best, Colorado Biz
  • 2005: Paul Beebe and Bryan Oller, The Gazette
  • 2004: Greg Griffin and Jeffrey Leib, The Denver Post
  • 2003: Louis Aguilar and Kevin Simpson, The Denver Post
  • 2002: Shannon Joyce Neal, The Daily Sentinel
  • 2001: Greg Griffin, The Denver Post
  • 2000: Tina Griego, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • 1999: Al Lewis, The Denver Rocky Mountain News
  • 1998: Michelle S. Conklin, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1997: Alan Prendergast, Westword
  • 1996: John Accola, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1995: Price Coleman, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1994: Julie Hutchinson, Colorado Business
  • 1993: Garrison Wells, Denver Business Journal
  • 1992: Andy van De Voorde, Westword
  • 1991: Jaye Scholl, Barron’s
  • 1990: Don Knox, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1989: Mark Harden, The Herald ( Everett , Washington )
  • 1988: Henry Dubroff and Mark Tatge, The Denver Post
  • 1987: Suzanne Costas, Denver Business Journal
  • 1986: Michael Rounds, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1985: Glenn Meyers and Jeff Rundles, Rocky Mountain Business Journal
  • 1984: Gail Pits, The Denver Post
  • 1983: Joe Weber, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1982: William Boas, Jr, Colorado Business
  • 1981: Jerry Ruhl, Rocky Mountain News
  • 1980: Alan Gersten, Rocky Mountain News

Margolin sisters, DU faculty, and DU students pose at the Margolin Lecture 2015

Back row, from left to right: Merrie Kippur (daughter of Morton Margolin), Riva Froymovitch (Inaugural Margolin Distinguished Lecturer), Isabel Raitt (BA'17), Courtney Dunson (BA'15), Kyna Moore (MA'15), Kaley Anderson (MA'16)
Front row: Danielle Vaughn (MA'15), Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, Sonia ImMasche (daughter of Morton Margolin), Kellyn Smith (Sr. Dir. of Development, University Advancement)