Wise Old Woman
Carole Simpson is best known as anchor of the weekend editions of ABC’s “World News Tonight for 15 years, and the first woman and minority to moderate a presidential debate, back in 1992. But she was also the first African American woman to broadcast news in her hometown of Chicago, the first to anchor a local newscast, the first to become a national network correspondent, and the first to anchor a major network newscast. As a national correspondent for first NBC News and then ABC News, she won three Emmys, a Peabody award, a DuPont Columbia Journalism award, and 14 honorary degrees. She has received more than 100 awards for her television news reports, as well as for her contributions to young women and minority journalists, and to her profession. Her career in broadcast journalism spanned 40 years, which she recounts in her memoir, NewsLady, published in 2011. Simpson most recently serves as Distinguished Journalist in Residence and journalism professor in the School of Communication at Emerson College in Boston. Since her retirement, Simpson has started producing video blogs, which can be found on her new website, W.O.W. for Wise Old Woman, on You Tube, Facebook and Twitter.