Ms. Simpson’s groundbreaking career has been a series of firsts: she was the first African-American woman to anchor a major network evening newscast, the first woman or minority to moderate a presidential debate and the first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago.
The three-time Emmy winner also covered some of the biggest stories of the 1990s, including the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in South Africa, the Senate impeachment hearings of President Clinton and the Oklahoma City bombing.
Ms. Simpson retired from ABC in 2006 and became a professor at Emerson College the following year, where she serves as Senior Leader-in-Residence. She continues to dedicate her time to fighting racism and sexism. Her memoir, News Lady, chronicles the challenges she has faced in her long career.