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Globe columnist James Carroll wins national award

Boston Globe columnist James Carroll is the 2012 recipient of the renowned Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary. ­Carroll, a religious scholar, ­former Catholic priest, and ­National Book Award-winning memoirist, has been a widely read columnist at the Globe for 20 years.

“It is a tremendous privilege to have my voice brought to the people of Boston through the Globe,” Carroll said. “I was a pure fiction writer when I started. It was the Globe that helped me discover the voice in which I now write nonfiction.”

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Colleagues describe Carroll as a warm and fascinating man and regard his “moral sense” as a great contribution to his work, said Peter Canellos, the editorial page editor. His background and knowledge of religion and the political system give him a perspective that few have, he added.

“We’re all exceedingly proud of Jim,” said Canellos, who nominated Carroll for the award. “He is an important ­local voice and inspiration for many Bostonians.”

Through his column, ­Carroll speaks to readers who struggle to apply the moral lessons of their own churches and childhoods to the challenges of today, Canellos said in his nomination letter.

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Carroll’s first column in 1992 was a tribute to the late Globe writer and editor Kirk Scharfenberg .

“The award recognizes The Boston Globe as much as me,” Carroll said. “I want to recognize the really superb editing work of Dante Ramos, ­Marjorie Pritchard, and Peter Canellos.”

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
can be reached at Haven
.egresitz@globe.com
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