Carole Simpson, born on December 7, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, is an American media icon. Simpson was a leader in broadcast journalism, a talented news anchor, and a very skilled writer. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in journalism in 1962 and went on to become Chicago’s first female African American reporter. Later on in her career Simpson became the first African American woman to be a news anchor on a major tv network (NBC) and also the first minority woman to moderate a presidential debate. In 1974, Simpson moved her family to Washington, D.C., to begin her career with NBC News. After her NBC coverage of the 1980 presidential election, she was hired by ABC. There, she confronted the network about their sexist organizational panel and fought for the equality of women like herself in the broadcasting industry. For this achievement she received the Award of Courage. Throughout her career Carole Simpson dedicated herself to fighting racism, sexism, and a slew of other social injustices for which she won many other awards. Carole published her highly successful memoir NewsLady in 2010.