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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Beans (Red), Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Let Go And Let God.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Award winning journalist Carole Estelle Simpson was born on December 7, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. Simpson became involved in drama in elementary school and high school, training her at a young age to articulate and project her voice for television and radio. In 1958, Simpson graduated from high school and attended the University of Illinois. After attending the University of Illinois for two years, Simpson transferred to the University of Michigan where she graduated in 1962 with her B.A. degree in journalism; she was the only black journalism major in her graduating class. While pursuing her B.A. degree, Simpson received her first media experience by working at a community newspaper during her summer breaks.

After graduating from college, Simpson was hired as a journalism instructor and publicist at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama; she held this position for two years before becoming a graduate student at the University of Iowa, where she chose broadcast media over print journalism. In 1965, Simpson returned to Chicago to become the first woman to broadcast news in the city’s history when she was hired at WCFL Radio. In 1968, Simpson changed stations and began working for Chicago’s WBBM Radio as a news reporter and anchor. While working for Chicago’s WBBM, Simpson covered the Civil Rights Movement and the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial. She also served as a commentator for the public affairs series Our People until 1970. After working for WBBM, Simpson became Chicago’s first black female television reporter, while working for the NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV. While working as a journalist in Chicago, Simpson also taught journalism courses at Northwestern University.

In 1974, Simpson was hired as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the NBC Nightly News. In 1982, Simpson joined ABC News as a correspondent and covered then-Vice President George H.W. Bush on his domestic and foreign trips. She also went on to cover his 1988 presidential campaign. In 1986, Simpson reported live from the Philippine Islands on the fall of the country’s president, Ferdinand Marcos. In 1988, she was hired as a Sunday news anchor for ABC’s World News Tonight. In 1992, Simpson was the first woman and minority to ever moderate a presidential debate held at the University of Richmond between George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot and then Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton; the debate was also the first to be held in the town hall meeting format. For ABC’s Nightline, Simpson covered the release from prison of South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela after twenty-seven years for his anti-apartheid activities; while covering the story, she was beaten by a South African police officer. Throughout the 1990s, Simpson reported on several breaking news stories including the controversial Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Simpson ended her career as a weekend ABC anchor in 2003, but had a contract with the network until 2005. Simpson became the ambassador for the network, traveling throughout the country and speaking in schools. Simpson’s new role consisted of visiting public schools to help students make a sense of the changing media landscape; she launched the program at her old high school in Chicago. Simpson has established six scholarships for women and minorities majoring in journalism at the post-secondary level. In 2007, Simpson was hired as Leader in Residence at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson describes her maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson describes her parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson remembers the decline of Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson lists her favorite books
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson describes her older sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson describes her sister's singing talent
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson remembers her sixth grade teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson remembers Chicago's newspapers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson remembers Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carole Simpson remembers her grandfather's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carole Simpson recalls her aspiration to become a journalist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson recalls attending the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson recalls her internship at Congressman Gus Savage's newspaper
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson recalls working at the Chicago Public Library
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson describes her experiences in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson recalls learning about color discrimination among African Americans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson recalls her experiences of racial discrimination in Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson recalls her experiences of racial discrimination in Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson remembers civil right protests in the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carole Simpson recalls her graduate studies at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carole Simpson talks about her speaking voice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson remembers joining WCFL Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson recalls her experiences of harassment at WCFL Radio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson recalls her experiences of harassment at WCFL Radio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson talks about gender discrimination in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson recalls encountering racial discrimination during her career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson recalls encountering racial discrimination during her career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson recalls working at WBBM Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson talks about her husband, James E. Marshall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson remembers hosting 'Our People' on WTTW-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Carole Simpson recalls the growing number of black television reporters
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson remembers working at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson recalls the founding of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson talks about her news reporting style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson recalls her early career in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson recalls overcoming obstacles at NBC News in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson recalls overcoming obstacles at NBC News in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson recalls co-anchoring 'ABC Nightly News'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson remembers Max Robinson and Roone Arledge
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson recalls the challenges she faced at ABC in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson remembers advocating for equal pay at ABC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson remembers advocating for equal pay at ABC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson remembers Max Robinson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson recalls advocating for diversity at ABC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson describes the history of news network ownership
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson talks about freedom of speech
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson talks about her memorable news stories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson talks about her memorable news stories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Carole Simpson talks about her memorable news stories, pt. 3
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carole Simpson remembers reporting on Nelson Mandela's release from prison
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carole Simpson recalls moderating the second presidential debate in 1992
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carole Simpson reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carole Simpson reflects upon her speaking style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carole Simpson recalls establishing scholarships for journalists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carole Simpson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carole Simpson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carole Simpson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Carole Simpson talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Carole Simpson describes how she would like to be remembered