Journalist Charlie Rose, a Duke University graduate receives an honorary degree, third from left, from the university in Durham on May 15, 2016. Al Drago
Journalist Charlie Rose, a Duke University graduate receives an honorary degree, third from left, from the university in Durham on May 15, 2016. Al Drago

Durham County

Duke takes back journalism award it gave Charlie Rose. Will UNC follow suit?

By Colin Warren-Hicks

cwarrenhicks@heraldsun.com

December 04, 2017 12:15 PM

DURHAM

Duke University has rescinded an award it once gave Charlie Rose.

Seventeen years-ago, Rose was the recipient of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy’s Futrell Award, which is given annually in recognition of exceptional, journalist work by a Duke graduate.

Rose accepted the award in September of 2000.

Bill Adair, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center, announced Rose’s losing the award Monday.

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Rose hosted a popular interview show on PBS and co-hosted “CBS This Morning” until his firing two weeks ago after eight women publicly claimed the longtime and nationally know newsman had sexually harassed them. Rose subsequently apologized.

Rose was born in Henderson and graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree. He met his wife, Mary King, while at Duke, and received an honoree degree from the school May 16, 2016.

“Today, we are taking the unprecedented step of rescinding our award to Charlie Rose,” Adair wrote. “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.”

Just last year, Rose visited the Duke campus to meet with journalism graduates.

“Rescinding Rose’s Futrell Award is one way we can make clear that this conduct is not acceptable in any way,” Adair wrote. “We do this as much in sadness as anger given his long relationship with the university.”

A plaque with the names of all Futrell Award honorees hangs on a Duke wall within the DeWitt Wallace Center.

Adair wrote, “Charlie Rose will no longer be among them.”

At UNC-Chapel Hill, officials are reconsidering the disgraced broadcaster’s membership in the N.C Journalism Hall of Fame.

“This is an unprecedented incident for the Hall of Fame,” Kyle York, assistant to the dean at the UNC School of Media and Journalism, said last month.

“The revelations involving Charlie Rose are disturbing, and we take them very seriously. Because of the seriousness of the matter, we need to be thoughtful and deliberative about the actions we take with regard to Charlie Rose and the Hall of Fame.”

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks