Charlie Rose originally studied medicine, law and business before arriving at journalism. As the host of his eponymous interview show “Charlie Rose,” he has interviewed some of the biggest names in politics, writing, entertainment and business.
Rose was born on January 5, 1942, in Henderson, North Carolina. He is the only child of tobacco farmers who owned a general store. He was a basketball star in high school and entered Duke University as a pre-med student. However, an internship at the office Senator B. Everett Jordan piqued Rose’s interest in politics. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, Rose continued on at Duke, graduating with a law degree.
Rose was uninterested in becoming a lawyer, and he began taking courses at New York University’s Graduate School of Business in 1968, later taking a job at Bankers Trust. Rose’s wife was working in broadcast news as the time, and he became interested in the field as well, picking up freelance assignments and then landing a reporting job with New York station WPIX-TV in 1972.
Rose soon accepted a position at PBS, working on programs such as “Bill Moyers' International Report” and “U.S.A.: People and Politics.” He moved on to accept a position at NBC in 1976 and got his first solo talk show in 1979 at an NBC affiliate station in Dallas, Texas. Rose served as the host of other programs throughout the 1980s, including “Nightwatch” and “Personalities,” before returning to PBS to host his own show in 1991.