Scott Simon

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Scott Simon
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Simon in 2010
Born (1952-03-16) March 16, 1952 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Presenter
Organization National Public Radio
Known for Weekend Edition Saturday
Spouse(s) Caroline Richard (m. 2000; 2 children)
Website
Program website
Personal website

Scott Simon (born March 16, 1952)[1][2] is an American journalist and the host of Weekend Edition Saturday on National Public Radio. He also guest-hosts Need to Know on PBS.

Life and career[edit]

Simon was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons.[3][4][5] He also had a sister who died at a young age.[6] He grew up in major cities across the United States and Canada, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C.[4] After his father died, his mother married Ralph G. Newman, a former minor league baseball player and American Civil War scholar and author who ran the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago.[7][8]

Simon's first book, Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, was published in the spring of 2000, and his second, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, was published in 2002. Simon has written a book – Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption – about his family's experiences. He is also the author of two novels: Pretty Birds (2005) and Windy City: A Novel of Politics (2008).

Simon has hosted BBC World News America, filling in for Matt Frei.[Authentication required.] In 1992-1993, Simon was the anchor of NBC's Weekend Today.

In May 2010, Simon was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Willamette University where he was the keynote speaker for that year's commencement exercises.[9]

After September 11, 2001, Simon spoke and wrote in support of the "war on terror." Simon wrote an op-ed for the October 11, 2001, Wall Street Journal, "Even Pacifists Must Support This War."[10] Simon questioned nonviolence at greater length in the Quaker publication Friends Journal in December 2001,[11] provoking many angry letters, to which Simon replied in the May 2003 edition.[12]

Bill Cosby and his wife Camille, in an interview recorded for The November 15, 2014, Weekend Edition Saturday, declined to discuss the accusations pertaining to the alleged sexual assault claims when Scott asked at the beginning of the interview and instead focused on the loan of his 62 piece African Art for an exhibition in Washington, D.C. Cosby only shook his head from side to side with his finger raised when Scott brought forward the question.[13]

Family[edit]

Simon met French documentary filmmaker Caroline Richard during an NPR interview in 2000. They married September 10, 2000, in a mixed faith (Methodist, Quaker, and Jewish) service in Ridgefield, Connecticut, at the home of fashion designer Alexander Julian.[1] They have two daughters, both adopted as babies from China; the first, Elise, in 2004,[14][15][16] and the second, Lina, in 2007.[17] They consider themselves a Jewish family (Simon's father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish Catholic background).[15][18] Simon and his wife were contacted by police as part of the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning. The family was staying at a hotel near the restaurant at the center of the poisoning incident, and had twice bought food there for their young daughter. The health of the family was not affected.[19]

In 2013, Scott received a great deal of positive attention[20] when he started tweeting from his mother's deathbed.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lois Smith Brady (10 September 2000). "Weddings: Vows; Scott Simon and Caroline Richard". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Annoying Campaign Songs". Weekend Edition Saturday. Audio. 2008-02-23. National Public Radio.
  3. ^ Susan Van Dongen (14 November 2000). "Three Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Copland and NPR's Scott Simon". The Princeton Packet. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  4. ^ a b NPR Biography on Scott Simon. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  5. ^ Simon - Family Pictures. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  6. ^ Teri Gross. "Scott Simon's Family: 'In Praise Of Adoption'". Fresh Air. 
  7. ^ "Chicago's Cubs", by Jonathan Alter, The Washington Monthly, May 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  8. ^ "Memorial to Ralph G. Newman", by John Y. Simon, July 1998, reprinted in Illinois Heritage 2000, hosted by Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
  9. ^ http://www.willamette.edu/events/commencement/cla/honorary_degrees/index.html
  10. ^ Web copy made available by Ellen Comisso, accessed 16 Jan 2010. The op-ed is cited and quoted in "When reporters sound off, eyebrows rise". Current. 8 September 2003. , accessed 16 Jan 2010.
  11. ^ Simon, Scott (December 1, 2001). "Reflections on the Events of September 11". Friends Journal. 
  12. ^ Simon, Scott (May 1, 2003). "To Friends Journal Readers: A Response". Friends Journal. 
  13. ^ "In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations". NPR. 15 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Cat and Child, So Comfy Together", by Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, November 27, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  15. ^ a b "NPR Host Scott Simon: Riding on Airwaves", Jeff Rubin, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, October 18, 2006. Also at InterfaithFamily.com. Both retrieved 2007-07-10.
  16. ^ "Scott Simon Releases First Novel:Pretty Birds", WKAR, 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  17. ^ "Reflections on Welcoming a New Family Member", Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  18. ^ http://www.newsreview.com/chico/familiar-voice/content?oid=1984069
  19. ^ "NPR report." NPR. November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  20. ^ "Life, Death, Love and Loss in 140 Characters: It’s Time To Look At Twitter in a New Light". Babble.com. Disney. 31 July 2013. [unreliable source?]
  21. ^ "NPR Host Scott Simon Is Live-Tweeting From His Mother’s Hospital Bedside". BuzzFeed. 29 July 2013. [unreliable source?]

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