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Emmy-Winning Journalist, Television Host Charlie Rose to Receive Honorary Doctorate at SUNY Oswego in October

Media icon Charlie Rose of CBS-TV’s “This Morning” and the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by the State University of New York on Thursday, Oct. 16, in conjunction with the 10th annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit at SUNY Oswego.

Rose is a world-renowned journalist and media personality who has interviewed such dignitaries as international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev, Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney, and pop icons Julia Roberts and Bruce Springsteen.

“While this honorary degree recognizes Mr. Rose’s distinguished career in journalism, it also recognizes his definitive role at the core of the global conversation,” said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. “He is an example for students enrolled in our broadcast journalism program to follow and a role model for students in all academic programs.

“Through his interviews with leading thinkers in all disciplines and from all professional fields, he empowers his diverse viewers with knowledge, and as SUNY Oswego does for our students, ‘challenges them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world,’” she said. “Mr. Rose is an inspiration to our college community to strive for better understanding of the world and all of its people, and to live as responsible global citizens.”

Immediately following the honorary degree presentation, Rose will be among the prestigious panelists featured in the 10th annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, hosted by the award-winning writer, journalist and media critic Ken Auletta ’63, and featuring noteworthy media luminaries. The honorary degree presentation and media summit are open to the public.

“We’re putting together a powerhouse lineup of media professionals for our 10th summit,” said Media Summit founder Louis A. Borrelli Jr. ’77, chief development officer and investor in NimbleTV and a 1977 graduate of Oswego.

“Incorporating the presentation of an honorary degree to Charlie Rose—a giant in the media world—into the media summit really highlights the original goal of the event: to bring to campus some of the most notable media experts so students can gain insights that will help them in their careers,” Borrelli said. “I couldn’t be happier with the plans for our best media summit yet.”

The summit is a daylong event that brings media professionals to campus for in-class presentations, a moderated panel discussion open to the public and roundtable career discussions with students.

Borrelli, along with Oswego alumnus Al Roker ’76 of NBC-TV’s “Today” show, provided funding for the summit, which is now named in memory of longtime professor Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell, who was a seminal figure in the college experiences of both Borrelli and Roker. Borrelli is a member of the Oswego College Foundation board and SUNY Oswego’s School of Communication, Media and the Arts Advisory Board.

About Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose is anchor and executive editor of “Charlie Rose,” the nightly one-hour program that engages in one-on-one, in-depth conversations and roundtable discussions, and the newly launched “Charlie Rose: The Week,” chronicling the best stories and interviews of the past seven days. He also co-anchors CBS-TV’s “This Morning” and is a contributing correspondent to “60 Minutes.”

“Charlie Rose” appears nightly on PBS and in primetime on Bloomberg Television in the United States and around the world. Its round oak table and simple black backdrop provide an intimate atmosphere for intelligent conversation. Since 1991, Rose has aired countless hours with Nobel laureates, and extraordinary men and women of science, politics, art, business, sports, technology, literature and entertainment. These conversations have made the broadcast a cultural and intellectual archive of our time.

Each weeknight, Rose creates programs that introduce new people, explore fresh ideas and illuminate difficult issues. Special series on science, education and Islam have probed even deeper. He is the recipient of the Legion d’honneur, numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities, and many honorary degrees. Rose won the 2013 Peabody Prize for his interview with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and was recently named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Rose was born in Henderson, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in history and a J.D. from the School of Law. He is a frequent moderator at global forums around the world. He lives in New York City and Bellport, Long Island.

Rose will join Roker, his morning broadcast colleague, and Auletta, a frequent “Charlie Rose” show guest, as recipients of SUNY honorary degrees bestowed at Oswego. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan think tank and publishing membership organization dedicated to helping interested citizens better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.

— The Office of Public Affairs