The William Allen White Foundation is considering rescinding a national honor bestowed on Charlie Rose, the former CBS and PBS journalist accused of sexual misbehavior.
The University Daily Kansan reported that ballots were sent to members of the foundation’s board of trustees on Tuesday asking them whether Rose should be stripped of the 2017 National Citation award.
“A statement announcing the board’s decision will be released on Monday, Nov. 27,” the foundation said.
The Washington Post reported Monday that eight women said Rose “made unwanted sexual sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.”
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Rose’s response was that he did not think all the allegations were accurate but that he thought he “was pursuing shared feelings” and he now has “a profound new respect for women and their lives.”
CBS and PBS dismissed Rose in the wake of the revelations.
Ann Brill, dean of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and president of the White Foundation, told the Kansan that she had heard from several trustees who wished to rescind the award to Rose.
The William Allen White Foundation announced last year that Rose would be the recipient of the National Citation award. Previous honorees have included Walter Cronkite, Bob Woodward, Molly Ivins and Gwen Ifill.