Duke Rescinds Journalism Award From Charlie Rose

Dec 4, 2017

Duke University’s journalism program has rescinded an award it gave to journalist Charlie Rose 17 years ago.

In a statement sent early Monday, the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at Duke said it would take back the Futrell Award it gave Rose in 2000.

Rose was fired by both PBS and CBS last month after the Washington Post published multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Today, we are taking the unprecedented step of rescinding our award to Charlie Rose,” said Bill Adair, the director of the DeWitt Wallace Center. “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.”

The Futrell Award is given to a Duke graduate who has “exemplified the spirit of journalistic integrity and achievement.”

Rose earned both undergraduate and law degrees from Duke.

The Futrell Award is the first academic award or honorary degree Rose has lost from a Triangle university. Duke and NC State both awarded him an honorary degree; UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism inducted Rose into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

NC State confirmed to WUNC that it has directed its provost to ask the faculty committee to review Rose’s honorary degree.