Celebrating a Historic Career as a NewsLady

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Former ABC news anchor teams with The HistoryMakers for Chicago book signing event

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“For me, Chicago is the perfect place to hold this event,” said Simpson. “As a broadcaster, Chicago has always been my home, as the city where my career was born.”

Former ABC news anchor and award-winning senior correspondent Carole Simpson will be appearing at a book signing event in support of her new memoir, NewsLady (published by AuthorHouse). Co-sponsored by The HistoryMakers, the event will take place Tuesday, May 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Simpson has deep roots in Chicago media, beginning her career in broadcasting at the former WFCL 1000 AM, where she had the distinction of being the first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago. Simpson worked next at WBBM-AM, where she would cover the 1968 Democratic Convention and the riots that ensued. Later, she would work her first job in television with NBC affiliate WMAQ.

“For me, Chicago is the perfect place to hold this event,” said Simpson. “As a broadcaster, Chicago has always been my home, as the city where my career was born.”

NewsLady takes a behind-the-scenes look at Simpson’s life, recalling the kinds of prejudices against her race and gender that made her climb to the top of her already-competitive profession all that more difficult. Called “An honest, engaging self-portrait of a woman who forever changed racial and gender dynamics in media” by Kirkus Reviews, it is also a book of “firsts”: the first woman to broadcast radio news in Chicago; the first African American female to anchor a local television newscast in the same city; the first black woman to anchor a newscast for a major network; and the first woman or minority to moderate a presidential debate, which attracted a televised audience of 91 million viewers.

Simpson has remarkably candid advice for others that could help avoid similar injustices, giving readers straightforward strategies about how to deal with adversity in the workplace. NewsLady is a story of triumph over great odds in the news and in the trenches.

About the author
Carole Simpson is a former TV anchor and senior correspondent at ABC News, where she won three Emmys and many awards for her work and philanthropy. Her career in broadcast journalism spanned 40 years, during which she reported on the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison and became the first woman or minority to moderate a presidential debate. After her broadcast career at ABC ended in 2006, she was named Leader in Residence at Emerson College’s School of Communication in Boston, where she is a full time journalism faculty member and writing coach. Simpson also maintains a blog and website, called Think About It at http://www.carolesimpson.com. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and did graduate work at the University of Iowa. She and her husband, Jim Marshall, live in Boston and have a home in Martha’s Vineyard.

About The HistoryMakers
The HistoryMakers is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit video oral history archive headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The HistoryMakers is dedicated to preserving African American history as the missing link in American history. Focused on American history, oral history and education in general and more specifically on African American history, education, music, law, the arts, science, technology, media, medicine, entertainment, fashion & beauty, business, the military, politics and sports, The HistoryMakers is a combination archive, library, museum, stock footage collection, on-line educator and educational PBS/TV programming. Its topics include but are not limited to African American organizations and associations, slavery, reconstruction, the labor movement, the civil rights movement and black authors.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse will celebrate 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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