Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose, May 2009
Born Charles Peete Rose, Jr.
January 5, 1942 (1942-01-05) (age 69)
Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.
Education Duke University B.A. (1964)
Duke University J.D. (1968)
Occupation Talk show host
Years active 1972–present
Notable credit(s) Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes II, 60 Minutes, CBS News Nightwatch
Official website

Charles Peete "Charlie" Rose, Jr. (born January 5, 1942)[1] is an American television talk show host and journalist. Since 1991 he has hosted Charlie Rose, an interview show distributed nationally by PBS since 1993. He was concurrently a correspondent for 60 Minutes II[2] from its inception in January 1999 until its cancellation in September 2005, and was later named a correspondent on 60 Minutes.[3]


Early life

Rose was born in Henderson, North Carolina, the only child[4] of Margaret Frazier and Charles Peete Rose, Sr., tobacco farmers who owned a country store.[5][6] As a child, Rose lived above his parents' store in Henderson and helped out with the family business from age seven.[7] A high school basketball star, Rose entered Duke University intending to pursue a degree with a pre-med track, but an internship in the office of Democratic North Carolina Senator B. Everett Jordan got him interested in politics.[8] Rose graduated in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in history. At Duke, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He earned a Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law in 1968.[7] He met his wife, Mary (née King), while attending Duke.[4][5]


After his wife was hired by the BBC (in New York), Rose handled some assignments for the BBC on a freelance basis. In 1972, while continuing to work at Bankers Trust, he landed a job as a weekend reporter for WPIX-TV. His break came in 1974, after Bill Moyers hired Rose as managing editor for the PBS series Bill Moyers' International Report. In 1975, Moyers named Rose executive producer of Bill Moyers Journal. Rose soon began appearing on camera. "A Conversation with Jimmy Carter," one installment of Moyers's series U.S.A.: People and Politics, won a 1976 Peabody Award. Rose worked at several networks honing his interview skills until KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth hired him as program manager and gave him the late-night time slot that would become the Charlie Rose show.

Rose worked for CBS News (1984–1990) as the anchor of CBS News Nightwatch, the network's first late-night news broadcast. The Nightwatch broadcast of Rose's interview with Charles Manson won an Emmy Award in 1987.[5] In 1990, Rose left CBS to serve as anchor of Personalities, a syndicated program produced by Fox Broadcasting Company, but he got out of his contract after six weeks because of the tabloid-style content of the show. Charlie Rose premiered on PBS station Thirteen/WNET on September 30, 1991, and has been nationally syndicated since January 1993. In 1994, Rose moved the show to a studio owned by Bloomberg Television, which allowed for improved satellite interviewing.[9]

Rose was a member of the board of directors of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation from 2003 to 2009.[4] In May 2010, Charlie Rose delivered the commencement address at North Carolina State University.

On November 15, 2011, it was announced that Rose would return to CBS to help anchor a yet-to-be named CBS morning show commencing January 9, 2012, along with co-anchors Erica Hill and Gayle King.

Cameo appearances

Rose has appeared as himself in the 1998 film Primary Colors,[10] in a 2000 episode of The Simpsons[11] and in the 2008 movie Elegy.[12]

Corporate Sponsor Conflict-of-interest accusations

While hosting the 2002 Coca-Cola Company shareholders' meeting, Rose said "few companies are able to connect as completely with consumers in the way that Coca-Cola is. It is a privilege to be associated with [The Coca-Cola family] ... This is the business of Coca-Cola: being part of a family, being worldwide, doing well and doing good at the same time."[13] Afterward, Coca-Cola agreed to become what Rose called "a leading underwriter" of The Charlie Rose Show, paying "six or possibly seven figures."[14] Even the Charlie Rose mugs used on his PBS show feature a Coca-Cola logo on one side.[15][16] Although CBS News policy bars correspondents from doing commercials and product endorsements, the Washington Post reported CBS was "comfortable" with Rose's actions. Rose insists he "would never do a story on 60 Minutes II about anybody who underwrites my PBS show."[14]

Media Lawyering

On August 1, 2009, The New York Times reported that Rose brokered a deal between MSNBC and Fox News chief executives to halt the reciprocal ad hominem attacks of Keith Olbermann's and Bill O'Reilly's news programs because it was hurting their parent corporations' unrelated business interests.[17] It was also Rose however, who previously told Amy Goodman while elaborating on the subject of independent media, "I promise you, CBS News and ABC News and NBC News are not influenced by the corporations that may own those companies, since I know one of them very well and worked for one of them."[18]

Rose has attended several Bilderberg Group conference meetings, including meetings held in the United States in 2008[19]; Spain in 2010[20]; and Switzerland in 2011[21]. These unofficial conferences hold guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are political leaders and businessmen. Since details of meetings are closed off to the public and strictly invitation-only, critics speculate the controversial nature of these meetings of highly influential people. Accusations from conspiracy theorists against The Charlie Rose show claim that it has become the US media outlet for Bilderberg.[22]

Personal life

Rose's twelve-year marriage to Mary Rose (née King) ended in divorce in 1980. Mary is the sister-in-law of Morgan Stanley Chairman John J. Mack. Since 1993, his companion has been socialite and city-planning advocate Amanda Burden, a stepdaughter of CBS founder William S. Paley.[23]

On March 29, 2006, after experiencing shortness of breath in Syria, Rose was flown to Paris and underwent surgery for mitral valve repair in the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital. His surgery was performed under the supervision of Alain F. Carpentier, a pioneer of the procedure.[24] Rose returned to the air on June 12, 2006, with Bill Moyers and Yvette Vega (the show's executive producer), to discuss his surgery and recuperation.

Rose owns a 575-acre (2.33 km2) farm in Oxford, North Carolina, an apartment overlooking Central Park in New York City, a beach house in Bellport, New York and an apartment in Washington D.C..[4]


  1. ^ Marks, Peter (January 5, 1993). "The Love Cult of Charlie Rose". Newsday. p. 42. 
  2. ^ 60 Minutes II profile from CBS News
  3. ^ "Charlie Rose". CBS News. January 17, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d Kaplan, David A. (September 28, 2009). "Why business loves Charlie Rose". Fortune. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c O'Shaughnessy, Elise (September 1993). "The Fame of the Rose". 56. Vanity Fair. pp. 172–181. ISSN 0733-8899. 
  6. ^ Charlie Rose Biography (1942–)
  7. ^ a b Charlie Rose biography from Bloomberg News
  8. ^ The North Carolina Awards: Charlie Rose (1942 -) Public Service 2007 from the website of the State Library of North Carolina
  9. ^ Charlie Rose, Bloomberg News
  10. ^ Charlie Rose at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ Nancy Basile. ""The Simpsons" Episode Guide – Season Eleven". Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
  12. ^ Leslie Felperin (February 10, 2008). "Review of Elegy". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 
  13. ^ audio, aired on Le Show
  14. ^ a b Lloyd Grove, "The Reliable Source," Washington Post, April 23, 2002, C03
  15. ^ Orange County Weekly, January 24, 2003
  16. ^ Fear & Favor 2003: How power shapes the news, Extra!, FAIR, March/April 2003
  17. ^ Stelter, Brian (August 1, 2009). "Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  18. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (August 1, 2009). "GE's silencing of Olbermann and MSNBC's sleazy use of Richard Wolffe". Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  19. ^ Fobes, Stefan (23 June 2008). "My analysis of Bilderberg 2008". A War of Illusions. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  20. ^ "Bilderberg 2010 list of participants". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Bilderberg 2011 list of participants". Retrieved August 25, 2011. 
  22. ^ Newman, Alex (12 June 2011). "Awareness of Bilderberg Cabal Explodes in 2011". The New American. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  23. ^ Social Planner
  24. ^ "Why business loves Charlie Rose"

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