Carole Simpson wins Oldfield Service Award

July 10, 2013 11:00

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) has announced the winner of the 2013 Col. Barney Oldfield Distinguished Service Award, which honors an individual who, through their own efforts, has contributed to the growth and success of RTDNF.

This year's honoree is Carole Simpson, a former member of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation Board of Trustees. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Carole Simpson Scholarship winners are working as reporters, producers and anchors in television and radio stations across the country.

Simpson retired from ABC News in 2006 to become Leader-in-Residence at Emerson College's School of Communications in Boston. In a career of notable firsts, in 1992 Simpson became the first woman and the first African American to moderate a presidential debate. She is completing a book on her 40 years as a pioneering African American woman in the field of journalism. In 1996, Simpson receive the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms.

"When we served on the Foundation Board, Barney and I were members of the mutual admiration society.  I so respected his contributions and humanity," said Simpson. "Barney was the 'real deal.'"

"We are delighted to recognize Carole Simpson for her dedication to the Foundation," said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNF. "Her encouragement and support of journalism students fosters a promising future for our profession."

The award will be presented at Excellence in Journalism 2013, in Anaheim, California, August 24-26.


About Col. Barney Oldfield

Col. Barney Oldfield (USAF Ret.), a former newspaper reporter, served as an aide to military leaders and later as a Hollywood publicist. Working with what was then the Radio Television News Directors Association, he established a scholarship program which grew into today's RTDNF.


RTDNF is supported solely through contributions from corporations and individuals and grants from foundations who share the same values and vision – to produce quality journalism. RTDNF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, which provides training programs, seminars, scholarship support and research in areas of critical concern to electronic news professionals and their audience.