Charlie Rose

This article is about the American journalist. For the talk show, see Charlie Rose (TV series). For other people with the same name, see Charlie Rose (disambiguation).
Charlie Rose

Rose in May 2014
Born Charles Peete Rose, Jr.
(1942-01-05) January 5, 1942
Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Duke University (B.A., J.D.)
Occupation Talk show host, journalist
Years active 1972–present
Notable credit(s) Charlie Rose, 60 Minutes II, 60 Minutes, Person to Person, CBS News Nightwatch, CBS This Morning
Spouse(s) Mary King (1968–80; div.)
Partner(s) Amanda Burden
Parent(s) Charles Peete Rose, Sr.
Margaret Frazier

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. Rose has also co-anchored CBS This Morning since 2012. Rose also substitutes for CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley when Pelley is off or on assignment. Rose, along with Lara Logan, has hosted the revived CBS classic Person to Person, a news program during which celebrities are interviewed in their homes, originally hosted from 1953 to 1961 by Edward R. Murrow.[2]

Early life

Rose was born in Henderson, North Carolina, the only child[3] of Margaret (née Frazier) and Charles Peete Rose, Sr., tobacco farmers who owned a country store.[4][5] As a child, Rose lived above his parents' store in Henderson, and helped out with the family business from age seven.[6] Rose admitted in a Fresh Dialogues interview that as a child, his insatiable curiosity was constantly getting him in trouble.[7]


A high school basketball star at Henderson High School,[8] in his hometown, Rose entered Duke University, intending to pursue a degree with a pre-med track; however, an internship in the office of Democratic North Carolina Senator B. Everett Jordan got him interested in politics.[9] Rose graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor's Degree in History. At Duke, Rose was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Rose earned a Juris Doctor from the Duke University School of Law in 1968.[6] Rose met his wife, Mary (King), while attending Duke.[3][4]


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 working at New York bank Bankers Trust, Rose landed a job as a weekend reporter for WPIX-TV. Rose's "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" that aired on Moyers's TV series U.S.A.: People and Politics, won a 1976 Peabody Award. Rose then worked at several networks honing his interview skills, until NBC affiliate KXAS-TV in Dallas–Fort Worth, hired him as program manager and provided the late-night time slot that became known as 'the Charlie Rose Show.'[10]

Rose worked for CBS News from 1984 to 1990, as the anchor of CBS News Nightwatch, the network's first late-night news broadcast, which often featured Rose doing one-on-one interviews with notable people in a similar format to his later PBS show. The Nightwatch broadcast of Rose's interview with Charles Manson won an Emmy Award in 1987.[4] In 1990, Rose left CBS to serve as anchor of Personalities, a Fox TV-produced syndicated program, but six weeks into production and unhappy with the show's soundbite-driven populist tabloid-journalism approach to stories, Rose left.

On September 30, 1991, Charlie Rose premiered on PBS station Thirteen/WNET and has been nationally syndicated on PBS since January 1993. In 1994, Rose moved the show to a studio owned by Bloomberg Television, which allowed for high-definition video via satellite-remote interviews.[11]

Rose was a correspondent for 60 Minutes II[12] from its inception in January 1999, until its cancellation in September 2005, and was later named a correspondent on 60 Minutes.[13]

Rose was a member of the Board of Directors of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation from 2003 to 2009.[3] In May 2010, Charlie Rose delivered the commencement address at North Carolina State University.[14]

On November 15, 2011, it was announced that Rose would return to CBS to help anchor CBS This Morning, replacing The Early Show, commencing January 9, 2012, along with co-anchors Gayle King and Erica Hill.[15]

Rose has interviewed many celebrities, including Bill Gates (1996),[16] Steve Jobs (1996),[17] Sean Penn (2008 & 2016),[18][19] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (2013),[20] an interview for which he won a Peabody Award,[21] U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle (2012), U.S. business magnate Warren Buffett,[22] MIT Linguistics professor Noam Chomsky (2003), actor/producer Leonardo DiCaprio (2004), comedians Louis C.K. and George Carlin, actor Christoph Waltz, director Quentin Tarantino, actor Bradley Cooper, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Iranian royal Farah Diba-Pahlavi,[23] and Vladimir Putin (2015).[24]

Charlie Rose interviews President Barack Obama in 2013

Cameo appearances

Rose has appeared as himself in the film Primary Colors (1998),[25] in a 2000 episode of The Simpsons[26] and in the film Elegy (2008).[27] Rose and his show were parodied in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). He appears as himself in the George Clooney-directed film The Ides of March (2011); episodes of The Good Wife and Breaking Bad, both in 2013; and the 2016 film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[25]


The New York Times reported that Rose encouraged a discussion between the leaders of NBC and Fox that led eventually to a mutual reduction in ad hominem attacks between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly on their respective news programs.[28]

Rose has attended several Bilderberg Group conference meetings, including meetings held in the United States in 2008,[29] Spain in 2010,[30] and Switzerland in 2011.[31]

Member of Council of Foreign Relations 2014.


Rose received an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York at Oswego on October 16, 2014, during the college's annual Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit, for his contributions in the broadcast, media, and television industries.[32] On May 8, 2016, Rose also received an honorary degree from the University of the South.[33]

In 2015, Rose won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.[34]

Personal life

Rose's 12-year marriage to Mary Rose (née King) ended in divorce in 1980. Mary is the sister-in-law of the former Morgan Stanley Chairman John J. Mack. Since 1993, Rose's companion has been socialite and former Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the City Department of Planning Amanda Burden, a stepdaughter of CBS founder William S. Paley.[35]

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. Rose's surgery was performed under the supervision of Alain F. Carpentier, a pioneer of the procedure.[36] 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.

In a 2009 Fresh Dialogues interview, Rose described his life as "great and glorious."[7] He added, "I get up every morning with a new adventure. The adventure is fueled by interesting people. I get a chance to control my own destiny. I do something that is immediately either appreciated or not. I get feedback."

Rose owns a house in Henderson, North Carolina; 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; an apartment in Washington, D.C.;[3] and an apartment in Paris, France.


  1. Marks, Peter (January 5, 1993). "The Love Cult of Charlie Rose". Newsday. p. 42.
  2. "Charlie Rose, Lara Logan on "Person to Person". Person to Person. CBS News. February 8, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Kaplan, David A. (September 28, 2009). "Why business loves Charlie Rose". Fortune. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  4. 1 2 3 O'Shaughnessy, Elise (September 1993). "The Fame of the Rose". Vanity Fair. 56 (9). pp. 172–181. ISSN 0733-8899.
  5. "Charlie Rose Biography (1942–)". January 5, 1942. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  6. 1 2 Charlie Rose biography from Bloomberg News
  7. 1 2 van Diggelen, Alison (February 26, 2009). "Transcript of Interview with Charlie Rose". Fresh Dialogues. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
  8. "Charlie Rose honored by NC Press Association". WRAL Television, North Carolina. February 27, 2014. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  9. The North Carolina Awards: Charlie Rose (1942 -) Public Service 2007 Archived November 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. from the website of the State Library of North Carolina
  10. Sweany, Brian D. (August 1999). "Charlie Rose Blooms in Dallas-Fort Worth". Texas Monthly. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  11. Charlie Rose, Bloomberg News
  12. 60 Minutes II profile from CBS News
  13. "Charlie Rose". CBS News. January 17, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  14. "Charlie Rose to speak at NCSU's commencement". The News & Observer. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  15. "Revamped CBS Morning Show With Charlie Rose & Gayle King To Premiere January 9". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. November 15, 2011. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  16. Rose, Charlie (November 25, 1996). "Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates explores the future of the personal computer, the Internet and interactivity.". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  17. Tinch, Roger Erik (June 26, 2011). "From 1996: Steve Jobs and John Lasseter on Charlie Rose". Birth.Movies.Death. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  18. "Charlie Rose: Milk / Sean Penn / Gus Van Sant / Josh Brolin". TV Guide. November 28, 2008. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  19. de Moraes, Lisa (January 15, 2016). "Sean Penn Disputes Claim His Interview Led To El Chapo Capture". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  20. "Charlie Rose: Bashar Al-Assad, President of Syria". TV Guide. September 9, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  21. 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.
  22. "Charlie Rose: Warren Buffett" on YouTube
  23. "Charlie Rose: Farah Diba-Pahlavi" on YouTube
  24. "Charlie Rose: Vladimir Putin" on YouTube
  25. 1 2 Charlie Rose at the Internet Movie Database
  26. Nancy Basile. ""The Simpsons" Episode Guide – Season Eleven". Retrieved September 12, 2008.
  27. Leslie Felperin (February 10, 2008). "Elegy". Variety. Retrieved August 8, 2008.
  28. Stelter, Brian (August 1, 2009). "Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  29. Fobes, Stefan (June 23, 2008). "My analysis of Bilderberg 2008". A War of Illusions. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  30. "Bilderberg 2010 list of participants". Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  31. "Bilderberg 2011 list of participants". Archived from the original on August 28, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  32. SUNY Oswego. "Rose Received SUNY Oswego Degree". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  33. Sewanee. "Sewanee Commencement weekend events". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  34. Arizona State University. "Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication". Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  35. Gardner, Ralph (May 13, 2002). "Social Planner". New York. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  36. Kaplan, David A. (September 28, 2009). "Why business loves Charlie Rose". Retrieved December 8, 2011.

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