PHOENIX — Arizona State University is considering revoking an award given to Charlie Rose after several women who worked with him at CBS News and PBS alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.
The university’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication issued a statement on Monday describing the reports as “deeply troubling.” Rose was given the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2015.
A decision on the matter could be made by Friday when the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees plans to meet, Christopher Callahan, the dean of the journalism school, told The Arizona Republic in a story published Tuesday.
The award has not been revoked since the school began presenting it in 1984. Past award recipients include well-known journalists such as Bob Woodward, Christiane Amanpour and Diane Sawyer.
CBS News fired Rose from its morning show on Tuesday. Three women at the network came forward with complaints with two saying that Rose grabbed them inappropriately.
PBS also cut ties with Rose, ending distribution of his long-running interview show. Several women who worked or sought work on the show brought forward accusations about his behavior.
In a statement late Monday, Rose apologized for his actions and said he was “deeply embarrassed.”
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com