In a career of notable firsts, Carole Simpson has led the way for minorities and women in broadcasting. After beginning her career as a journalism educator, she went on to break barriers and raise social issues as a journalist. Simpson was the first woman broadcast news in Chicago, the first African American woman to anchor a network TV evening newscast, and the first minority woman to solo moderate a presidential debate. She retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. Her memoir, NewsLady, was published in 2010.
Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism.
The recipient of the Carole Simpson Scholarship will receive $2,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
WHO CAN APPLY
Students of color who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism