Carole Simpson

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Carole Simpson (born December 7, 1940)[1] is an American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author.

Education and career[edit]

Simpson, a graduate of the University of Michigan, began her career on radio at WCFL in Chicago, Illinois, and was later hired at WBBM. She moved to television at Chicago's WMAQ and onto NBC News in 1975, becoming the first African-American woman to anchor a major network newscast.[2] She joined ABC News in 1982, and was an anchor for the weekend edition of World News Tonight from 1988 until October 2003.[3]

She became the first woman of color to moderate a presidential debate when she moderated the debate held between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot, at Richmond, Virginia, in 1992.[3] That same year she was the recipient of the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.[4]

Simpson is on the Advisory Council at the International Women's Media Foundation.[5]

She retired from ABC News in 2006 to begin teaching journalism at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she taught until 2019.[6]

Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees, an affiliate of the Radio Television Digital News Association. There, she established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path, which is offered annually to aspiring journalists.[7]

In 2010, her autobiography, Newslady, was published by AuthorHouse.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Simpson is a cousin of sportswriter and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simpson, Carole (2010). Newslady. AuthorHouse. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-4520-6237-2.
  2. ^ Davis, Marianna W., ed. (1982). Contributions of Black Women to American. 1. Columbia, South Carolina: Kenday Press, Inc. p. 305.
  3. ^ a b "Carole Simpson Bio".
  4. ^ "NABJ Special Honors, Past Winners" Archived April 16, 2013, at National Association of Black Journalists.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 4, 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link). International Women's Media Foundation.
  6. ^ "Carole Simpson". Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "RTDNA Carol Simpson Scholarship".
  8. ^ Simpson, Carole (2010). Newslady. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1-4520-6237-2.
  9. ^ [1]. The Washington Post.

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