Carole Simpson

Journalist (1941)
Sun Aug 09 2020
By   Selena

Carole Simpson is a three-time Emmy award-winning American journalist, news anchor, and writer who became the first African American woman to anchor a national network newscast in the city of Chicago in 1988. Over her career, she remains committed to covering social problems such as sexism, violence against women and kids, and adolescent pregnancy.

She was born on 7 December 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. She is the daughter of Lytle Simpson, who worked as a mail carrier, and Doretha Wilbon Simpson. Further, she has nine years of older sister Jacqueline Simpson. She studied at the University of Illinois and later graduated from the University of Michigan in 1962 with her B.A. degree in journalism.

Five Decades Of Married Life

The 58 years old Carole is a happily married woman. She has been married for her long term husband Jim Marshall, who is also known as James Edward Marshall for over five decades. He is a former engineering student at Michigan University.

Carole Simpson Is Married To Her Husband, Jim Marshall
Photo: Carole Simpson Is Married To Her Husband, Jim Marshall
Source: Chicago Magazine

After a few years of romance in love, they tied the knot on September 3, 1966, in the very private ceremony. But there is not much in the media about their wedding details. Now, they have marked 54 years of marital partnership as a happy and beautiful couple.

Together, Simpson and her spouse, James have two children. They welcomed their biological daughter Malika Marshall-Hurd. Later, the duo adopted a son whose name is Adam Marshall. Now, the family of four resides at their apartment in downtown Boston.

What is Carole Simpson's Net Worth?

With nearly five decades in journalism and education sector, there is no doubt that Carole has accumulated a mega-fortune. As of 2020, she has an estimated net worth of $2 Million, which is similar to Lauren Scala. She credits to her worth to her successful work as an anchor and correspondent.

Photo: Carole Simpson in 1992
Source: Chicago Reader

The average salary for ABC News TV reporter is about $106614, according to some web tabloids. Well, until 2016 Simpson served as a correspondent for ABC News so her salary is valued at about $70,000. Deirdre Bolton is another ABC correspondent with a net value of $1.5 million.

She became the first minority woman to the moderate presidential debate in 1992 in a town hall-style fashion. She has moderated between Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ross Perot in Richmond, Virginia.

Simpson is on IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) consultative council.

Her Journalism Career

Simpson started her radio career as a news reporter at WCFL, in Chicago, Illinois. She then started working as a special reporter and weekend anchor on WBBM Radio, an all-news station.

She then began her broadcast career at the public tv network in Chicago, WTTW, and the WMAQ in Chicago. She then joined NBC News in 1974 where she became the first African-American woman to host a major newscast.

Image: Carole Simpson at Word News Tonight On ABC
Source: Urban Radio Nation

In 1982, Carole began working at ABC News where she worked from 1988 until October 2003 as an anchor for World News Tonight's Weekend edition. But in 2006 she retired to join journalism teaching at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she taught as a leader until 2019.

Simpson is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Radio Television Digital News Association affiliate of the Digital News Foundation.

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