Charlie Rose to Receive Top International Journalism Award

Mar 82016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Charlie Rose, an icon of American television known for insightful interviews with extraordinary people in every field from politics and science to film and sports, will be honored by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) at its Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14.

CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will be master of ceremonies at the annual gala. At the event, ICFJ recognizes journalists or media innovators whose work has had tremendous impact.

Rose, co-host of the “CBS This Morning” and host and executive editor of “Charlie Rose,” which appears nightly on PBS and Bloomberg TV, will receive the ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate a lifetime commitment to the highest standards of the journalism profession. Past winners include Leslie Stahl, Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw and Univision’s Jorge Ramos.

“Charlie Rose has shaped the dialogue around national and international issues for decades through his conversations with world leaders from every sphere,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “It’s a privilege to honor him at our special awards dinner this year.”

Rose has co-hosted “CBS This Morning” since its launch in January 2012, helping to make it the fastest-growing morning news broadcast in the United States. He is also a contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes,” where he has interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin and Apple CEO Tim Cook, among others.

However, he is perhaps best known for the nightly PBS program “Charlie Rose,” where he sits at a simple oak table and guides business leaders, politicians, scientists, artists and sports figures through the intelligent, in-depth conversations that have become his trademark. The program has aired on PBS since 1991. Before that, he worked for CBS News (1984-90) as the anchor of “Nightwatch,” the network’s first late-night newscast.

He won an Emmy Award in 1987 for his interview of convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. Since then he has won numerous other awards and honors, including Emmy and Peabody awards for a 2013 interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In 2014, he received the Vincent Scully Prize and the Fourth Estate Award, and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine. He’s also the recipient of the 2015 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University.

Early in his television career, Rose served as managing editor of the “Bill Moyers’ International Report” on PBS (1974-75), and then executive producer of the PBS series “Bill Moyers’ Journal” (1975-76). He also was a correspondent for "USA: People and Politics," Moyers' weekly PBS series on the 1976 political campaign, for which they received a Peabody Award.

The ICFJ Awards Dinner is Washington’s top international journalism event, attracting 600 media luminaries and supporters. ICFJ will also honor the winners of the Knight International Journalism Awards, to be announced in May.

ICFJ is delighted that The Coca-Cola Company is the gala’s corporate chair. To learn more about the Awards Dinner or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.icfj.org/dinner.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is at the forefront of the news revolution. Our programs empower journalists and engage citizens with new technologies and best practices. ICFJ's networks of reporters and media entrepreneurs are transforming the field. We believe that better journalism leads to better lives. For more information, go to www.icfj.org.

Contact: Maite Fernandez, Communications Director, 202-349-7636, mfernandez@icfj.org. Twitter: @maits.