ABC’s Simpson To Be Honored

Word today that ABC News’ Carole Simpson will be among four journalists inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame.

The long-time host of “World News Sunday” will join Max Robinson (posthumously), Charles “Teenie” Harris, and the Newshour’s Charlayne Hunter-Gault in this year’s awards.

After concluding her stint on WNT Sunday, Simpson became head of a high school-aimed network initiative to educate students on the importance of a free press in a democratic society. (No word on whether the network now plans to expand the program into Russian high schools.)

The Emmy Award-winner began at the peacock network in 1974, transferring to ABC eight years later, where she distinguished herself on numerous stories and moderated the second 1992 presidential debate–the first to have a town hall meeting format.

“Carole is a trailblazer–not only for African American journalists but for female journalists, as well. She has made countless inroads over the course of her distinguished career, and we at ABC News applaud her latest achievement,” ABC D.C. Bureau Chief Robin Sproul said.

Hunter-Gault (right), the first African-American to graduate from the University of Georgia, was a distinguished reporter for PBS prior to her 1997 “retirement” to move to South Africa with her husband, where she took a job with CNN. She’s a veteran of the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section, and began her TV career at D.C.’s own WRC-TV.