Loren Ghiglione of Chilmark, a longtime journalist and educator, has been given the 2023 Richard J. Levine Journalism Champion Award by the Dow Jones News Fund.

The award, named for a longtime Dow Jones news executive, was established in 2022 to honor people whose work supports and advances a strong and diverse free press.

Mr. Ghiglione led journalism programs at Emory University, the University of Southern California and Northwestern University’s Medill School, where he is professor emeritus. As dean at Medill, he encouraged diversity in the school’s leadership posts and in faculty and staff hiring.

Earlier in his career, he was the owner and editor of the Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News and president of its parent company, Worcester County Newspapers. As president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he pushed for greater diversity in the news industry and initiated a landmark study of gays and lesbians in U.S. newsrooms.

Mr. Ghiglione received his bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University, a master’s degree in urban studies and a law degree from Yale University. He was a consultant to the Freedom Forum on its creation of the Newseum and has authored several books on journalism.

He is a currently a columnist for Martha’s Vineyard magazine.