Leader in Residence, Emerson College School of Communication
Carole Simpson currently serves as senior leader in residence and journalism professor in the School of Communication at Emerson College in Boston. She 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, in 1992. But she was also the first African American woman to broadcast news in her home town 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 NBC News and later 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 television news reporting, as well as for her contributions to young women and minority journalists and to her profession.