‘Time’ Editor Nancy GIbbs to interview Charlie Rose on news literacy

Nancy Gibbs, managing editor of Time and a lifelong Chautauquan, will sit down with the journalist to talk about his extensive, storied career at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater. They will discuss Rose’s work and his long list of historic interviews in relation to the Week One theme, “21st-Century Literacies: Multiple Ways to Make Sense of the World.”





Sherra Babcock, vice president and Emily and Richard Smucker Chair for Education, said the idea was to “turn the tables” on Rose, who has interviewed hundreds of people across all spectrums.

“It’s a very nice fit with the first week’s theme because these are two of the most powerful and respected journalists in the U.S. today,” Babcock said.

A 1968 graduate of Duke University School of Law, Rose is currently an anchor of “CBS This Morning” and host of his eponymous interview show on PBS. Some of his most prominent interviews include Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates and Martin Scorsese. His career stretches back decades to 1979, when he got his first job as a morning show host and producer for KXAS in Fort Worth, Texas.

“I had to put it together myself,” Rose said in an interview with Variety last February. “I designed it, and we had a very small staff and it was a labor of love. It was often one guest for the hour. I interviewed everybody from George Bush to Roger Staubach.”

In 1987, while anchoring “Nightwatch” on CBS, he won his first Emmy Award for his interview with convicted mass murderer Charles Manson. He is also a multiple Peabody Award winner, most recently for his September 2013 interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

Gibbs is no less qualified. She is the first woman to hold the managing editor position at Time and has been named by Chicago Tribune as one of the 10 best magazine writers in the country. Her story for the black-bordered special issue on Sept. 11, 2001, won the National Magazine Award. She has covered the last five presidential campaigns and was described by Politico in 2008 as “the poet laureate of presidents.”

Both Gibbs and Rose have seen the news industry transform dramatically during their long careers. The biggest change of all has been the advent of the Internet.

“Anything as transformational as the Internet is going to have multiple, complex effects — good, bad and neutral,” Gibbs said. “People have vastly more access to very high quality research, data and analysis. But there is an also immense amount of junk, misinformation, distraction, diversion.  So it’s impossible to generalize.”

In a time when print media is shrinking and outlets seek new forms of revenue, it can be hard to navigate the Internet. But Gibbs said the positives far outweigh the negatives; for example, Time’s print audience has remained strong throughout the growth of the web and their digital audience has doubled in the past 18 months.

“The Internet is an echo chamber only if you want it to be,” Gibbs said. “It has never been easier to explore competing views, drill deep into a subject, or to come at an issue from all sides. Europeans can read American news sources and vice versa; and we are finding that quality counts.”