About Carole

  • The first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago
  • The first African American woman to anchor a major television network evening newscast
  • The first woman or minority to be the sole moderator of a presidential debate

Carole Simpson has been a pioneer for both women and minorities in the vital field of journalism. Now, her blog is an effort to comment on the news of today in the context of her 40 years in news, and her last five years in journalism education.

Until now, she has remained somewhat discreet about her own personal views. Now, she believes it is time to share her insights on the news.

Carole Simpson has reported on — and walked alongside –Martin Luther King as he marched. She helped anchor ABC News’ live coverage of the release of Nelson Mandela from his 27-year imprisonment. She covered the US Congress.

To find out more about her remarkable story, read about her memoir, NewsLady.

To take part in a conversation about the news with Carole, please subscribe to her blog posts (in the right-hand-column of every page).

Return to Carole’s blog.

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maria February 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm

I was so happy to see Carole on the Nina Malika Henderson C-Span 2.I use to watch her on weekends on the news.I wondered for years as to what happened to her.I loved her news program.She was and still is a lovely lady.I wish her luck with her new book,God Bless Carole

Joan M. Wilbon March 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm

When is your book signing in DC. I hear that you are coming. When and where will you be speaking? We want to come.

Randy Krell April 12, 2011 at 7:56 am


You were the reason I watched ABC news when you anchored it on the the weekends. I always thought your presentation was professional and articulate. I enjoyed you very much and was sad when you left.
Good luck with your book

Jack N. Hoff August 20, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Carole Simpson was the sexiest/best-lookin’ nationally broadkast “newsbarker.” When she vanished, I was perplexed. How could something that looks that good, and has such talent/skills for what she does Just suddenly disappear??… I used to VCR sunday nights just to see her (as well as any other sexy women who might appear on the newscast). In fact, I had thought that she’d be in for a promotion to national nightly news anchor

kenneth e lowry October 17, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I, too, wondered what happened to Carole. She was the epitome of a brilliant, articulate newslady. Wish she was still giving the news on ABC.
She was so amazingly good!
Montgomery, AL

Dana McCants Derisier November 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I not only looked forward to seeing you anchor the weekend national nightly news but I also gleaned so much from how you delivered the news. Your style and your presence commanded attention as you were truly a step above all the other news anchors. Thank you for being the best and inspiring others!

Je Donna Dinges June 28, 2012 at 7:05 am

Ms. Simpson,

I grew up watching you on ABC News. You were a pleasure to watch! I watched the news with my dad, it was something that we did together that created quite a bond between us. Growing up as the only girl in a fmily full of boys ( I have 6 brothers) it was nice to have something to call my own that I did with my dad, and watching the Nation News was it. I learned about the world and it’s leaders and it was truly a pleasure to watch you and to have a wonderful, professional black woman to look up to.

Thank you!

Je Donna Dinges
Detroit, Michigan

superadmin July 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thank you. It makes me feel good to know how important I was in your life.

Lois Woodson August 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

I wonder what happen to Carole Simpson and now I have found your website. . I grew up watching you on ABC weekend news. You were the only reason why I watch the news. Because your delivery of the news was so professional and articulate newslady. I wish you will Carole. Thank you.

JeanneAdkins October 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

I, along with all of my family and friends, just loved Carole Simpson. She was so lovely to look at, such a wonderful voice, so articulate, so knowledgable. I felt about her like I felt about Walter Cronkite – if Carole said it – I could believe it. I am so happy she has surfaced again. I saw her once on a show – can’t remember which – with her son I think it was. Carole Simpson – you were just the best!!!! You really make women look good!!!!

Jeff Cline October 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I am thrilled to find this site–simply to have the real-time opportunity to say how much I appreciated your voice, your lovely face, and your professionalism in reporting real news in the real ways you did with ABC. So many times back then, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your quality. Many years later, I offer the thanks.

Short history: I was raised in the tiny town of Brinkhaven, Ohio and–like so many kids in the 50s and 60s–I received a steady stream of evening news from Walter Cronkite because of parental and grandfather choice. In my young-adult years, I worked as a small-town Kentucky radio broadcaster and “graduated” to my own choices–and switched to NBC. That choice changed, one Saturday evening, when I surfed with my first remote and heard your voice. I could say more but will simply say, in my opinion, no TV news anchor has ever had a more commanding nor more appealing newscast and sign-off than yours! The combination of that unique tonal voice, your confident smile, and the impeccable timing/slight pause of “Carole Simpson…ABC News” always . . .always left me wanting more.

In light of the type of editorialized and slanted newscasts we now have on all major networks, I’ll close by saying we miss YOU. Enjoy each day with God’s blessings–that’s my prayer for you.

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