Who Is Charlie Rose?
Born on January 5, 1942, in Henderson, North Carolina, Charlie Rose is an Emmy Award-winning American journalist who worked for Bill Moyers at PBS and as an NBC News political correspondent before launching his own PBS interview show in 1991. Rose worked as a 60 Minutes correspondent throughout the 1990s and was named co-host of CBS This Morning in 2011. In November 2017, his affiliation with CBS and PBS was terminated after reports surfaced of his unwanted sexual advances on co-workers.
Early Life and Education
Journalist Charles Peete Rose Jr. was born on January 5, 1942, in Henderson, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, Rose entered Duke University as a pre-med student. During college, an internship with a senator got Rose interested in politics, and he eventually earned an A.B. in history and a J.D. from Duke's School of Law.
With little interest in becoming a lawyer, Rose started taking classes at NYU's Graduate School of Business in 1968. Though he accepted a job at Bankers Trust, business also failed to hold his interest. At the time, his wife was doing research for CBS' 60 Minutes, and Rose became intrigued with the world of broadcast journalism. In 1972, he landed his first reporting job with New York's WPIX-TV.
Entry into Broadcast Journalism
In 1974, Rose met Bill Moyers at a social event, and soon after he began working at PBS as the managing editor of Bill Moyers' International Report. The team had fantastic chemistry and in 1975, Rose became executive producer of Bill Moyers' Journal. The following year, Rose became the correspondent for U.S.A.: People and Politics, Moyers' weekly political magazine. "A Conversation with Jimmy Carter," one installment of that series, won a 1976 Peabody Award.
When Moyers left PBS in 1976, Rose accepted the post of political correspondent for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C. There, he hosted numerous interview shows. In 1979, he was hired by KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth to do a talk show that eventually developed into The Charlie Rose Show.
'The Charlie Rose Show'
In 1981, The Charlie Rose Show moved to Washington, D.C., where it was broadcast on the NBC-owned station WRC-TV. Two years later, CBS hired Rose to anchor Nightwatch, which aired from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. He hosted the show for six years and earned an Emmy Award in 1987 for his interview with Charles Manson.
In 1990, Rose left CBS to serve as anchor of Personalities, which ended soon after he discovered the tabloid nature of the program. Nearly a year later, he approached PBS to produce an interview show of his own. Charlie Rose debuted in 1991, and was syndicated nationally in 1993.
Rose earned widespread acclaim for engaging America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers on his program, his signature round oak table and black backdrop becoming television icons to his legions of fans.
Additional TV Work
Rose went on to launch Charlie Rose Special Edition, which has profiled such prominent entertainers as Meryl Streep and Garth Brooks, as well as week-long specials on science news like the Human Genome Project. He also hosts a series called Great Masters, which takes an in-depth look at the lives and works of various artists, and has served as a correspondent for 60 Minutes II.
In late 2011, it was announced that Rose would join CBS This Morning as a co-anchor. Although his gravitas initially seemed an awkward fit for the morning show format, Rose was credited with helping CBS distinguish itself in the time slot with more of a news-oriented program.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
On November 20, 2017, The Washington Post revealed that Rose had made unwanted advances on at least eight colleagues over the years.
The women, who either worked for the acclaimed newsman or were under consideration to do so, recalled lewd phone calls and such traumatic experiences as Rose groping them or walking around naked. Given that Charlie Rose operated as an independent production, with no human resources department, there was little recourse for the employees subjected to such behavior.
The report immediately impacted the veteran anchor's career, as CBS suspended him from hosting duties and PBS and Bloomberg TV also announced they would suspend the distribution or airing of Charlie Rose.
Rose soon issued a statement: "It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed," he said. “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”
On November 21, after CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell addressed the issue during their broadcast, CBS announced that it had fired Rose from the network.
In an internal email explaining the move, CBS News President David Rhodes wrote: "Despite Charlie's important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace — a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place."
Shortly afterward, PBS followed suit by severing ties with the troubled anchor.
"In light of yesterday's revelations, PBS has terminated its relationship with Charlie Rose and cancelled distribution of his programs," said the network's statement. "PBS expects all the producers we work with to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."
Rose was married to Mary King from 1968 to 1980, and currently resides in New York.
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