WATERVILLE — Alfredo Corchado, a journalist who has covered Mexico’s bloody drug wars, will receive Colby College’s 2010 Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

The selection committee at the Maine liberal arts college says that despite death threats Corchado has continued to report about drug dealers, organized crime, disappearances and deaths.

Corchado, who serves as Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, says he’ll accept the award Sunday in memory of his courageous Mexican colleagues and “dedicate it to those who continue to risk their lives to document one of the most important stories of our time.”

The Lovejoy Award was established in 1952. It’s named for a Colby graduate who was murdered in 1837 while defending his press against a pro-slavery mob in Illinois.