Carole Simpson

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Carole Simpson (born December 7, 1941)[1] is an American broadcast journalist, news anchor, and author.


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]

Simpson became the first minority woman 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 IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation).[5]

Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 to begin teaching journalism at Emerson College in Boston.[6]

Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Association affiliate Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. 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]

Simpson is a cousin of sportswriter and ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon.[8]


  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.
  5. ^ IWMF website
  6. ^ "Carole Simpson". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  7. ^ RTDNA Carol Simpson Scholarship
  8. ^ Washington Post website.

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