Cronkite School revokes award given to Charlie Rose

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 25, 2017

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has announced Friday that they have chose to revoke an award given to Charlie Rose following the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him.

Dean Christopher Callahan released the following statement via email on Friday: "This unprecedented action is taken with the utmost seriousness and deliberation".

He noted that Rose's alleged victims-young women-were much like those the school aims to nurture.

Eight women told the Washington Post Monday that Rose groped them, openly walked around nude or said sexually inappropriate things on the job.

"I believe Mr. Rose's actions of sexual misconduct reported by The Washington Post and other media outlets, which are largely unrefuted, rise to that level". I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.

Charlie Rose, who was sacked this week by CBS News and whose program was cancelled by PBS in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women, had accolades from two universities rescinded Friday. Broadcast journalist Bob Schieffer accepted the award on his behalf and extolled Rose's contributions to the profession, including a popular, long-running interview program on PBS called "Charlie Rose" and a more recent stint as co-host of "CBS This Morning". Past recipients include Bob Woodward, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour. "Rose's actions extends far beyond the news organizations for which he worked", Callahan said.

He says Rose's actions victimized young women who were not unlike the students attending Cronkite. "Rose did is unacceptable, and that such behavior - far too common in not just media companies but many organizations - must stop".

In 2015, there was debate in some journalism circles about whether ASU should revoke Brian Williams' 2009 excellence award after the then-NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor exaggerated his part in a helicopter episode in Iraq and the network suspended him for six months without pay.

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