News anchor Charlie Rose to receive Cronkite Award for Excellence from ASU

June 1, 2015

Charlie Rose, the award-winning anchor of “CBS This Morning” and host of the respected late-night talk show on PBS that bears his name, is the 2015 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

Rose will receive the 32nd annual award, given by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Charlie Rose Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose will receive the 32nd annual Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 19 in downtown Phoenix. He is known for his hard-hitting, one-on-one interviews on CBS and “Charlie Rose,” his daily late-night interview program that has been syndicated on PBS for more than 20 years. Photo by: CBS News Download Full Image

“I treasure this honor the way I cherish the life of Walter Cronkite,” Rose said. “What I loved about his life was his passion for all things in life, including sailing. His journalism went far beyond the headlines to include the same range of curiosity I pursue from politics to people, from science to space, and always the story. Whether he was looking back into history or forward into space, he was the constant connection to our world. The fact that this award comes from one of our best journalism schools makes it even more appreciated.”

Rose, a Peabody and Emmy Award winner, is known for his hard-hitting, one-on-one interviews on CBS and “Charlie Rose,” his daily late-night interview program that has been syndicated on PBS for more than 20 years.

“Charlie Rose” premiered in 1991, becoming a popular venue for in-depth conversations on politics, performing arts, literature, film, science, medicine and business. In 2011, he was named anchor of “CBS This Morning,” helping the program become the fastest-growing morning news broadcast in the U.S.

With more than 40 years of broadcasting experience, Rose has interviewed Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Barack Obama, Yitzhak Rabin and Martin Scorsese, among hundreds of other newsmakers – including Walter Cronkite in 1996. His sit-down with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2013 for “CBS This Morning” won him a Peabody Award for its timely and meaningful look into the face and mind of a tyrant. 

From 1984-1990, Rose worked for CBS News as the anchor of “Nightwatch,” the network’s first late-night news broadcast. He won an Emmy in 1987 for his interview with convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. At CBS News, he also was a correspondent for “60 Minutes II” from 1999-2005.

“CBS News is proud to have Charlie Rose co-hosting ‘CBS This Morning’ each day — and honored that he is receiving this award from ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism,” said CBS News President David Rhodes. “Our core values are the same now as they were when Cronkite anchored the ‘CBS Evening News.’ Charlie Rose embodies those values today.”

Throughout his career, Rose has hosted a number of outside projects, including a special for the Discovery Channel, “One on One with Roger Payne,” for which he won an Emmy in 1992.

Rose entered television journalism full-time as managing editor of the PBS series “Bill Moyers’ Journal” in 1974. He also served as a correspondent for “USA: People and Politics,” a weekly PBS series on the 1976 election, which earned him a Peabody Award. Early in his career, he also served as a correspondent for NBC News in Washington in 1976 and co-hosted a daily talk show for WLS-TV Chicago in 1978.

A native of North Carolina, Rose is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's degree in history and a J.D. from Duke’s School of Law.

“For the past 40 years, Charlie Rose has asked the tough questions that impact people around the world,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School and CEO of Arizona PBS. “We are thrilled to honor him and excited for our students, alumni, supporters and friends to meet one of the best in journalism.”

Other Cronkite Award recipients include TV anchors Tom Brokaw, Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer; newspaper journalists Ben Bradlee, Helen Thomas and Bob Woodward; and media executives Katharine Graham, Al Neuharth and Bill Paley. Cronkite personally presented the award during its first quarter-century. The CBS News anchor died in 2009.

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, named in Cronkite’s honor in 1984, prepares the next generation of journalists in both the time-honored fundamentals embraced by Cronkite and the multimedia skills necessary to thrive as journalists in the digital age.

Housed in a $71 million state-of-the-art media complex in downtown Phoenix, the school has been featured in The New York Times, The Times of London and USA Today as a leader in 21st-century journalism education and innovation.

The Cronkite School is the home of Arizona PBS, which serves as a journalistic teaching hospital for hundreds of students who work under 15 full-time faculty at Cronkite News. The news organization includes a nightly television news broadcast on Arizona PBS; digital reporting bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles; a business reporting bureau; an entrepreneurial digital innovation lab; a digital production bureau; a newsgathering and civic journalism bureau; and the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative.

Written by Joe Giordano.

Penny Walker

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Foster-care research earns ASU student prestigious fellowship

June 2, 2015

Joins 3 other School of Social Work winners of competitive award

Francie Julien-Chinn knows that a lot of factors can affect a child’s permanent placement in the foster-care system. ASU's Doris Duke Fellowship recipients Francie Julien-Chinn (right) joins fellow social-work doctoral students Elisa Kawam, Jennifer Mullins Geiger and Megan J. Hayes as a winner of the Doris Duke Fellowship, which all are using to further their work in child well-being. Photo by: Christopher Hernandez Download Full Image

The second-year doctoral student in Arizona State University’s School of Social Work – who has 11 years of work experience with Child Protective Services – has received a highly competitive Doris Duke Fellowship to research some of these factors.

The $30,000 annual stipend will help support her dissertation work aimed at highlighting how perceptions case workers have about their organizational culture correlate with permanency outcomes for children in out-of-home care.

“There’s so much that goes into how we can get children into legal permanency in a timely manner, but that’s not happening,” Julien-Chinn said. “I think this is an innovative way to look at some of the factors that might be impacting these decisions.”

As part of her research, Julien-Chinn hopes to survey approximately 100 child-welfare workers, those who carry the caseloads for children in out-of-home-care, and look at how they feel about their organizational culture using the Organizational Social Context Scale. The fellowship will help tremendously with that.

“I’m extremely thankful that I received the fellowship,” Julien-Chinn said. “Even if I hadn’t, the process really pushed me on deciding what my research agenda would be.”

Since its inception, the Doris Duke Fellowship has been awarded to 70 doctoral students from more than 50 colleges nationwide. ASU’s School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, is one of only two schools to produce four fellowship winners.

Julien-Chinn joins three colleagues who have won the award: Jennifer Mullins Geiger in the inaugural cohort in 2011, and Megan J. Hayes and Elisa Kawam in 2013.

Geiger applied her stipend to enhance research for her dissertation study of the cycle of child maltreatment, in which she looked at young adults aging out of the child-welfare system and the challenges that face them as potential parents themselves.

“It was a brand-new fellowship, and I really did not know what to expect,” Geiger said.

The fellowship helped allow her to observe the perceived social-support system, as well as living situations of 183 youths across Arizona who were a part of the child-welfare system. The goal was to predict potential risks and challenges they would face should they become parents.

“It was always my intention to take what I learned and bring it back to the field,” Geiger said. “It’s about getting information out there to potentially change people’s mind-set about how we establish policy and practice working with this population.”

With nine years of experience working in behavioral health in foster-care group homes, Hayes’ doctoral dissertation took a closer look into that field. Hayes, who has since completed her research, examined former foster children who have transitioned from child-welfare and mental-health systems, and the decision-making process regarding mental-health service utilization after turning 18.

“One of the things that is most helpful, is the peer learning network that the fellowship provides, where we are able to connect with other emerging scholars across the country,” Hayes said.

During her research, Hayes was able to interview 29 former foster children, as well as eight professionals in the field associated with independent living programs and behavioral-health agencies, all in an effort to raise the voices of youths aging out of the child-welfare system. It was a mixed-methods project where the first phase of interviews and focus groups informed the development of an instrument/survey administered to 224 foster alumni to determine the most intense and frequently encountered situations.

“It’s important to make sure my research is practice-oriented so that I can remain engaged in the community," Hayes said.

Kawam was a successful pre-med student before switching paths and entering the field of social work, specifically child welfare.

“Social work changes the foundational fabric of who you are, because it makes you look at the world differently,” said Kawam.

Kawam, who previously worked as an investigator for Child Protective Services in south Phoenix and was then a supervisor for a transitional-housing facility for pregnant and parenting teenage mothers, focused her study on PTSD/trauma in mothers of young children who are involved in child welfare.

The fellowship promoted her research on the effects of trauma, substance use, domestic violence, neglect, family dysfunction and child abuse on mothers who are currently involved in allegations of child maltreatment themselves. The cyclical and intergenerational nature of child maltreatment was of particular interest to her in her study. In the course of her work, Kawam not only credits the fellowship but how the ASU School of Social Work helped her as well.

“I believe the reputation of ASU and our social-work programs really carried me throughout this process,” Kawam said. “From researching and teaching, I’m grateful for the well-rounded experience I had.”

In an effort to help cultivate emerging leaders interested in developing innovative initiatives and policies for the enhancement of child development, the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being was established in 2011 by Chapin Hall, a research center within the University of Chicago, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Written by Christopher Hernandez

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions