In Memory of Dow, CBS Strenthens Commitment to Diversity

By Andrew Gauthier 


CBS News is strengthening its commitment to diversity and is doing so in the name of deceased reporter-correspondent Harold Dow.

CBS News announced this week that it is establishing the Harold Dow Professorship at the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University. According to CBS, Florida A&M was the first historically black university to have an accredited journalism program. The new program is designed to give students the tools necessary to succeed in an on-air career in TV news.

Dow died from complications of asthma on on August 21. He was an Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent who was a fixture on “48 Hours.” Responding to his death, Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of “48 Hours Mystery,” described Dow as “insatiably curious.”

CBS News is looking to stoke the curiosity of aspiring journalists through a new internship program. In addition to the Florida A&M program, CBS announced that is launching a new paid internship program to promote diversity and excellence in journalism. “Through these initiatives in our workplace and with the aspiring young journalists at the distinguished Florida A&M journalism program, CBS News is expanding its longstanding commitment to diversity, to industry excellence and to nurturing future generations of journalists,” said Sean McManus, President CBS News and Sports.