Jack C. Doppelt '74 honored at Grinnell Alumni Reunion

Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2010 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of nine alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 2-6 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.

Jack C. Doppelt, a 1974 graduate of Grinnell College from Evanston, Ill., received an Alumni Award. Following is the citation read about Doppelt’s accomplishments: “Through his writing and teaching, Jack C. Doppelt has helped readers and students understand the importance of going beyond the sound bites to tell complex and important stories through journalism.

At Grinnell, Doppelt wrote for the Scarlet & Black student newspaper and earned degrees in history and political science. He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He spent years as an investigative reporter for both the Better Government Association and WBBM News Radio in Chicago, where he reported on court corruption and governmental conflicts of interest. He became a professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, but has continued as a working journalist.

He has co-authored two books, ‘The Journalism of Outrage: Investigative Reporting and Agenda Building in America’ and ‘Nonvoters: America’s No-Shows.’ He has also founded two websites. ‘On the Docket’ offers comprehensive coverage of U.S. Supreme Court cases, and ‘Immigrant Connect Chicago’ shares stories across immigrant communities. His half-hour radio documentary, ‘Chicago’s global immigrants: Beyond the American dream’ aired on public radio this past December.

For his commitment to doing—and teaching—the kind of journalism that can truly make a difference, Grinnell is pleased to recognize Jack C. Doppelt.”

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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