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Journalism Professor Keeps Job after Endorsing Clinton

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Journalism Professor Keeps Job after Endorsing Clinton

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Carole Simpson, a former ABC news anchor who is now a journalism professor at Emerson College in Boston, is in the hot seat after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president at a Salem political rally.

Simpson said she immediately regretted her actions and offered her resignation the day after the rally last month, but Emerson officials refused to accept it.

"I know I made a mistake. It was definitely the wrong venue for my first foray into free speech," Simpson told the Boston Globe. "But I'd really like to see her win. After being a reporter for so many years, where you wish you could do more than you can, it would be nice to make a difference."

Simpson, 66, is considering an offer from the Clinton campaign to stump for the candidate. Simpson, who is black, was outspoken as a journalist about her belief that the broadcasting industry should hire more women and minorities. She and university officials have agreed she will not teach political journalism courses if she campaigns for Clinton.

Simpson did not immediately return a call from the Associated Press yesterday. A message was left at Emerson for her. …

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