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Simpson, a graduate of the University of Michigan, began her career on radio at WCFL in Chicago, Illinois. She moved to television at Chicago's WMAQ and onto NBC News in 1974, becoming the first African-American woman to anchor a major network newscast. She joined ABC News in 1982, and was the anchor of the Sunday edition of World News Tonight from 1988 until October 2003.
Simpson became the first minority woman to moderate a presidential debate when she moderated the debate held between George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot, at Richmond, Virginia, in 1992. That same year she was the recipient of the Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Simpson is a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Association affiliate Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. There she established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path, which is offered annually to aspiring journalists.
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