Charlie Rose’s Harassment Scandal Led to Rescinded Awards

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75-year-old Charlie Rose, a well-known American journalist featured on CBS and an interview host on PBS, was fired this week after thorough investigation and a number of allegations of sexual misconduct that led to the rescinding of awards from two universities and losing his job.

More than 30 year’s ago Walter Cronkite created the Walter Cronkite Award for Journalism Excellence and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication bestowed that award to Rose in 2015. After a lot of discussion and internal relations between current students, alumni students, senior professors, and all of journalism it became clear that the decision was deemed necessary to rescind Rose’s award.

Christopher Callahan, ASU founding dean and professor, said “The damage caused by Mr. Rose’s actions extends far beyond the news organizations for which he worked. The actions victimized young women much like those who make up the overwhelming majority of Cronkite students – young women who deserve to enter workplaces that reward them for their hard work, intelligence and creativity and where they do not have to fear for their safety or dignity.”

According to the Washington Post, eight woman came forth with information of Rose walking around naked, talking explicitly, and groping them at work. 

Sexual misconduct is no rarity in today’s society and those who are sexually assaulted should come forth immediately. In fact, Rose makes the growing list for the number of sexual misconduct cases since the Harvey Weinstein Scandal, ranked at #35 in high-profile cases amongst other men such as Weinstein, Glenn Thrush- reporter at The New York Times, Andrew Kreisberg- T.V. producer for Warner Bros., and Mark Halperin- NBC News and MSNBC News Contributor.

“At Cronkite, younger women are the demographic that rules the school. Not rescinding the award would be a slap in the face for us current students.  That is a pure fact. For an award that has been around for 30 years, I’m not one who is typically for reversing history, but there is no world or universe where Rose’s name deserves to be honored,” said Jose Esparza, ASU senior studying sports journalism.

The other university to revoke awards presented to Rose last Friday was the University of Kansas, which has given awards annually since 1950. These awards are special, a way for students to celebrate a great journalist and for someone to look up to.

When the allegations of sexual misconduct came to surface and became public, current students, alumni, faculty, and the dean came together immediately to assess the situation to determine that the award needed to be revoked. The Excellence in Journalism award is a lifetime achievement award that is based upon the recipient’s achievements up to the moment the award is presented.

“Charlie Rose is viewed as an iconic journalist to many, and because he is well-known he used his power to manipulate women.  It is completely irresponsible and disgusting, he knew what he was doing and what he was doing was wrong exploiting women is despicable. ASU should not celebrate a journalist who assaults anyone. If I were to be working in the same studio as Rose I would highly question the culture of the workplace, and the studios core values. It’s sad that people don’t feel comfortable going to HR in fear of possibly losing their job, there needs to be a change,” said ASU alumni, Jessica Dho.

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