Bob Simon

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Bob Simon
Born (1941-05-29) May 29, 1941 (age 73)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation News reporter
Years active 1969–present
Notable credit(s) 60 Minutes (1996–present)

Bob Simon (born May 29, 1941) is a CBS News television correspondent.

From 1964 to 1967, Simon served as an American Foreign Service officer and was a Fulbright Scholar in France and a Woodrow Wilson scholar. From 1969 to 1971, he served a tour in the CBS News London bureau. From 1971 to 1977, he was based in the London and Saigon bureaus, where he served as a Vietnam War correspondent. From 1977 to 1981, he was assigned to the CBS News Tel Aviv bureau.

From 1981 to 1982, he spent time in Washington, D.C., as the CBS News State Department correspondent. From 1982 to 1987, Simon served as a New York-based CBS News national correspondent. In 1987, Simon was named the CBS News Chief Middle Eastern correspondent.[1]

During the opening days of the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon and his CBS News team were captured by Iraqi forces and spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons; he later chronicled the experience in the book Forty Days.

In 1996, Simon joined 60 Minutes as a correspondent, and in 1998, he was named a 60 Minutes II correspondent. Notable stories he has done in recent years include the first profile of the so-called Lost Boys of Sudan and an exclusive interview with Iraqi Shiite insurgency leader Muqtada al-Sadr. He currently serves as the senior foreign correspondent on 60 Minutes.

Christians in the Holy Land[edit]

In April 2012, 60 Minutes aired a piece on the plight of Christians in Israel, for which Simon was the correspondent.[2] Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, attempted to influence the segment by contacting CBS news and calling the piece a hatchet job.[3] As a result, Simon castigated Oren during an interview that was included with the piece.


  • Recipient of the Edward Weintal Prize given by Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in recognition of distinguished reporting on foreign policy and diplomacy.
  • 24-time Emmy Award winner
  • 4-time Overseas Press Club recipient
  • Winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards, including a Personal Award in 1999[4]


  1. ^ Bob Simon -CBS-
  2. ^ Christians of the Holy Land -CBS News-
  3. ^ When Michael Oren irked Bob Simon
  4. ^ 59th Annual Peabody Awards, May 2000.

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