Bob Simon (born May 29, 1941) is a CBS News television correspondent.
From 1964–67, Simon served as an American Foreign Service officer and was a Fulbright Scholar in France and a Woodrow Wilson scholar. From 1969–71, he served a tour in the CBS News London bureau. From 1971–77, he was based in the London and Saigon bureaus where he served as a Vietnam War correspondent. From 1977–81, he was assigned to the CBS News Tel Aviv bureau.
From 1981–82, he spent time in Washington, D.C., as the CBS News State Department correspondent. From 1982–87, Simon served as a New York-based CBS News national correspondent. In 1987, Simon was named the CBS News Chief Middle Eastern correspondent.
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 for 60 Minutes.
In April 2012, 60 Minutes aired a piece on the plight of Christians in the holy land, for which Simon was the correspondent. Michael Oren, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, contacted CBS news calling the piece a "hatchet job". As a result, Simon castigated Oren during an interview that was included with the piece. According to CAMERA, however, Simon's job was very sloppy, if not actually filled with prejudice, and contained a plethora of omissions and many false statements, including, for instance, Bethlehem being "completely surrounded" by a wall, no persecution of Christians by Muslims and Jerusalem and Bethlehem being "without local Christians in a few years", de facto equating the situation of Jerusalem, governed by Israel, where Christians live free, and Bethlehem, governed by the Palestinian National Authority, where Christians have become, since 1995, a dwindling persecuted minority .
- 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"
- 22-time Emmy Award winner
- 4-time Overseas Press Club recipient
- Winner of the George Foster Peabody Award
- ^ Bob Simon -CBS-
External links