Simpson receiving RTDNF’s Oldfield Award

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Carole Simpson, senior leader-in-residence of the Journalism Department and former ABC News anchor, has been honored with the 2013 Barney Oldfield Distinguished Service Award by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF).

The award, named after the retired Air Force Colonel who was a former newspaper reporter and later Hollywood publicist who create a scholarship program, will be presented next month at the 2013 Excellence in Journalism conference in Anaheim, California.

A former member of the RTDNF herself, Simpson’s work to help minority students rise above challenges when striving for careers in television and radio industries was recognized when she established the Carole Simpson Scholarship.

In addition to this, Simpson received the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment freedoms in 1996.

“We are delighted to recognize Carole Simpson for her dedication to the Foundation,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of RTDNF. “Her encouragement and support of journalism students fosters a promising future for our profession.”

By Nina Corcoran

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