Charlie Rose, CBS News host and long-time PBS anchor, is going from esteemed lion of the liberal press to ostracized outcast in the blink of an eye.
In the latest sign of decline for the once-revered journalist, universities are rescinding awards previously given to Rose following several allegations of sexual misconduct.
Arizona State University and the University of Kansas rescinded awards on Friday, just days after Rose was fired from CBS News and had his PBS show cancelled.
Eight women have come forward in a Washington Post report that accused the veteran journalist of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, including walking in front of them naked.
A 2015 award for excellence in journalism from Arizona University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been revoked with the school’s dean, Christopher Callahan, hoping the action would send a message about how serious the allegations against Rose are, according to an Associated Press report.
“The actions victimized young women much like those who make up the overwhelming majority of Cronkite students – young women who deserve to enter workplaces that reward them for their hard work, intelligence and creativity and where they do not have to fear for their safety or dignity,” Callahan told the Associated Press.
Bob Woodward, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour are some of the past winners of the award which was created in 1984 and has never been revoked.
At the University of Kansas, the William Allen White Foundation rescinded The National Citation award, which has been given annually since 1950, and was bestowed on Rose earlier this year.
The foundation’s board of trustees said in a news release that Rose “does not exemplify the ideals of this award” as it voted to revoke the honor.
Since he was fired, three women from CBS News claimed that Rose allegedly touched them inappropriately.
Rose apologized for his actions earlier this week and said he was “deeply embarrassed.”
“I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken,” he said.
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