• NBC Jun 5, 2018

    Miss America Scraps Its Swimsuit Competition

    Miss America, which started as a bathing beauty contest nearly a century ago, is ending its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge women on their physical appearance. “We are no longer a pageant. We are a competition,” Gretchen Carlson, chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors, said Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”

  • NBC Jan 1, 2018

    Gretchen Carlson Named Miss America Chair After Email Scandal

    Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board. The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives...

  • President Dec 27, 2017

    Miss America Leadership Resigns in Email Shaming Scandal

    The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives, resigned on Saturday, with the outgoing president apologizing to a winner whose weight he ridiculed. The president, Josh Randle, told The Associated Press his comment responding to an email to his private...

  • NBC Dec 23, 2017

    Miss America Organization Suspends CEO Amid Email Scandal

    The Miss America Organization suspended its CEO on Friday, less than 24 hours after leaked emails surfaced showing him and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Sam Haskell said he will abide by the suspension, even while decrying the Huffington Post story that publicized the emails as “unkind and untrue.” “My mistake is a...

  • CEO Dec 22, 2017

    Miss America Organization Loses TV Partner Over Emails

    Dick Clark Productions says it has cut ties with the Miss America Organization over internal emails by pageant senior leadership that ridiculed past winners’ appearance, intelligence and sex lives. The Huffington Post reported Thursday that the Miss America Organization’s CEO, Sam Haskell, exchanged emails with a writer for the televised pageant and others that included harsh and sometimes vulgar comments...

  • David Chang Sep 15, 2015

    Miss America Chair Apologizes to Vanessa Williams for Handling of Nude Photo Scandal

    The executive chairman of the Miss America pageant has apologized to Vanessa Williams for the way the pageant’s predecessors handled a nude photo flap involving her in 1984.

  • America Sep 9, 2015

    Vanessa Williams Returns to Miss America Three Decades After Nude Photo Scandal

    Three decades after she gave up the crown amid a nude photo scandal, Vanessa Williams is returning to the Miss America pageant.

  • NBC Jan 18, 2015

    Charlie Hebdo Cartoons Protect Religion, Editor Says

    The chief editor of Charlie Hebdo defended the magazine’s controversial depictions of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, saying that cartoon parodies of religious figures safeguard freedom of religion, NBC News reported. Read More

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