Charlie Rose To Stay In NC Journalism Hall Of Fame

Dec 22, 2017

North Carolina native will remain in the NC Journalism Hall of Fame.
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Charlie Rose is staying in the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

In an online announcement, Susan King, the Dean of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism, said Rose’s biography would be amended to include the professional consequences of the widely-reported behavior.

“If you are his boss, you fire him,” King said in a statement. “If you are the dean of a media and journalism school, you use it as a learning opportunity. Transparency is critical to journalistic standards. His fall from grace must be documented along with his career. We have learned that Rose used his power in the profession in a way that is intolerable. Charlie Rose does not stand as a role model. It would be easy to simply remove Rose from the Hall of Fame with indignation. It wouldn’t be enough.”

The statement does not specify how Rose's biography would be amended.

Both PBS and CBS fired Rose on Nov. 21 after the Washington Post published multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Rose, who grew up in Henderson, has a bachelor's degree, a law degree, and an honorary degree from his alma mater, Duke University.

In 2001, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University gave Rose the Futrell Award for journalistic excellence. Earlier this month, the Center rescinded that award.

“I have consulted with students, faculty and staff and found an overwhelming consensus that we should take this action and emphasize that the DeWitt Wallace Center does not tolerate sexual harassment in any form,” said Bill Adair, the director of the DeWitt Wallace Center, in a statement released at the time.

A committee of faculty, staff and North Carolina media and journalism industry leaders deliberated Rose’s placement in the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

In the end, they decided to alter Rose’s Hall-of-Fame biography, but let his induction stand.

Rose also has an honorary degree from NC State University. School officials there say they are taking steps to reconsider that award.