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About the Author

Carole Simpson is Leader in Residence and journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston. She returned to teaching after four decades as a broadcast journalist, first in her hometown of Chicago, then in the national network studios of NBC News and ABC News in Washington and New York. She serves as Journalist in Residence at Boston's Museum of African American History and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children. She resides with her husband, Jim Marshall, in Boston and on Martha's Vineyard. www.carolesimpson.com Check website for information on appearances and speeches. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452062366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452062365
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,783,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Adamski on December 9, 2010
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This is a fascinating book by a true pioneer in broadcast journalism. Carole Simpson reported on some of the most important news stories of the past 40 years, from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1966 Chicago campaign to Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from prison in South Africa. She also became the first African-American woman to anchor a national newscast. Written in the conversational style her viewers loved, NewsLady takes the reader both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes, from the tumultuous "Chicago 7" trial to a visit by then-Vice President George H.W. Bush to a refugee camp during the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s. I particularly enjoyed her detailed description of the 1992 "town hall" presidential debate she moderated, an event millions remember vividly but her 11-year-old son slept through!

Simpson doesn't hold back as she recounts the decades of sexism and racism she endured at the hands of her journalism colleagues, and some of what she describes is appalling. But her story is ultimately one of triumph, a great ride and a great read.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on January 23, 2011
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Ms. Simpson has penned an important book that reflects as much on today's sad state of racial relations in the American media in particular, and in the nation more generally, as was true four decades ago.

This well qualified, savvy, beautiful, experienced, "up-and-coming reporter," was side-tracked and marginalized as well as denigrated until she was forced to resign before she was begun to be taken seriously. After which, she was moved up with the hope by her adversaries that she would be eventually be "moved out:" that is to say, she was put into the "pressure cooker," where she was expected to wither and go away on her own accord, but didn't. She simply got stronger and better.

To the great dismay of her many enemies, she not only survived but thrived: She fielded everything that the racist media organizations could throw at her, enduring both sexually and racially demeaning insults almost on a daily basis. Yet, as the media correspondent who had the closest relationship with the white house and with GWH Bush in particular, and thus normally who would have been given the inside track and expected to move into the slot as her network's white house correspondent, she was instead shunted aside as an "Affirmative Action Baby," and described as being "lazy," in favor of Brit Hume who was chosen over her as the white house correspondent. This was a bitter pill for a journalist who had "cut her bones" and "proven her bona fides" in a field where women and black people were scarce to nonexistent.

Carole tells the story of her family's hardships and disillusionment, including being honest about her own cosmetic surgery, etc.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By trekrider on May 18, 2011
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NewsLady is a crystal clear picture of the triumphs and injusices people of color and women can experience in the corporate world. It is an essential first-hand testimony from the front lines of the "content of their character" generation, and it beautifully complements Michelle McGuire's "At the Dark End of the Street". If you wonder just how racism and sexism work at the highest levels of American society, this book takes you on a detailed tour of the process. Carole Simpson was a pioneer in so many ways. She has sown many seeds, and this book is only the latest of many fruits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul H on February 2, 2012
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A must read for: breaking barriers (race, gender, age, any); succeeding in a constantly evolving "new economy"; how to be a star at work; work/life balance - family #1; community activism how-to (hers and others like Dr. King); a bio of a truly amazing but down-to-earth and caring person. A role model for anyone; but had the young women students at the Acton, MA No Place For MLK breakfast on the edge of their seats; she knew it and gave away signed copies of her book to all the students. NPFH getting copies for the high school library - still a bit slow on the print-to-order. More orders will help. :)

For more on Carole's latest see her blog "Think About It" [...]

For her current class at Emerson College "The Road To the American Presidency", see her on the Emerson College site at [...]

For more on her generous visit to Acton, see Acton Community Leading Initiatives on Facebook. [...]

THIS IS THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP AMERICA NEEDS MORE OF.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By V. Spearman on October 24, 2011
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This book was brought for my mom. She enjoyed it very much. Had a hard time putting it down. Historical reading and very awe inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AinBmore on December 8, 2012
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Very important book detailing the behind the scenes struggle of how hard and awful it was to be a female pioneer in the news industry. It also shows how extraordinary it was and even harder to be a black female pioneer in the news industry. Carole succeeded against impossible odds. I only wish I'd known what a hero she was when I used to watch her on the news in the 80s. Kudos to her and I wish that someone would convene a news commentary show with people like Carole and Ted Koeppel to weigh in on the issues of today. Bill Moyers can't do it alone. The age discrimination in the news industry is a public disservice.
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