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What the ASU Community Thinks of Revoking Rose’s Award

Taken by: Ali Phillips

Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication sends message that sexual misconduct will not be tolerated or overseen in the Cronkite community. Over the past few months, women have been speaking up and out about sexual misconduct they’ve experienced with powerful men. About a week ago, Charlie Rose, a broadcast journalist and talk show host, has been one of many men to be accused of harassment.

In 2015, the ASU’s Walter Cronkite School and Arizona PBS honored Charlie Rose with the Cronkite Award. Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is located in downtown Phoenix. The Cronkite Award was presented at the Cronkite School and it is awarded to someone who the Cronkite community believes and honors as one of the best journalist. The award has been seen as a lifetime achievement award for over 30 years.

“In light of everything going on in the news, it is great to see my school take a step up and say that misconduct is not okay,” said Hana DeMent, a junior at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

So far, eight women have come forward to the Washington Post, that Rose said inappropriate things, walked nude, or groped them while on the job.

On November 24, Christopher Callahan, the Dean and Professor at Walter Cronkite, sent out an email to Cronkite community members stating that the award would be revoked in light of these allegations.

According to the email, Callahan reached out to the Cronkite community incorporating, students, alumni, staff and faculty, news industry leaders and the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees for their opinion in the matter. Although, the dean is the one with the final decision, he opened up to the community to heard what they had to say.

“There are many reasons I love and respect everyone at Cronkite, and this one of them,” said Katie Woo, a senior at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School, “Not only did they revoke the award, but they also opened up a dialogue for students and the community, that this is not an appropriate behavior no matter who you are.”

Arizona State was not the only university to rescinded his award. The University of Kansas came to the same conclusion after presenting The National Citation award last spring. Rose was also fired by CBS News and his program by PBS was also cancelled.

“This is what should be happening, creating a dialogue and showing that no matter who you are, sexual misconduct and misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated,” said Carolyn Kern a junior in college.

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