March 16, 1952 |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Organization||National Public Radio|
|Known for||Weekend Edition Saturday|
|Spouse(s)||Caroline Richard (m. 2000; 2 children)|
Scott Simon (born March 16, 1952) is an American journalist and the host of Weekend Edition Saturday on National Public Radio. He also guest-hosts Need to Know (PBS). In 2013, Scott received a great deal of positive attention when he started tweeting from his mother's deathbed.
Life and career
Simon was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons. He also had a sister who died at a young age. 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. 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.
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).
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." Simon questioned nonviolence at greater length in the Quaker publication Friends Journal in December 2001, provoking many angry letters, to which Simon replied in the May 2003 edition.
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. They have two daughters, both adopted as babies from China; the first, Elise, in 2004, and the second, Lina, in 2007. They consider themselves a Jewish family (Simon's father was Jewish and his mother was of Irish Catholic background). 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.
- Lois Smith Brady (10 September 2000). "Weddings: Vows; Scott Simon and Caroline Richard". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- "Annoying Campaign Songs". Weekend Edition Saturday. Audio. 2008-02-23. National Public Radio.
- "Life, Death, Love and Loss in 140 Characters: It’s Time To Look At Twitter in a New Light". 31 July 2013.
- "NPR Host Scott Simon Is Live-Tweeting From His Mother’s Hospital Bedside". 29 July 2013.
- Susan Van Dongen (14 November 2000). "Three Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Copland and NPR's Scott Simon". The Princeton Packet. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
- NPR Biography on Scott Simon. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Simon - Family Pictures. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- Teri Gross. "Scott Simon's Family: 'In Praise Of Adoption'". Fresh Air.
- "Chicago's Cubs", by Jonathan Alter, The Washington Monthly, May 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-09.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Cat and Child, So Comfy Together", by Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, November 27, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
- "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.
- "Scott Simon Releases First Novel:Pretty Birds", WKAR, 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
- "Reflections on Welcoming a New Family Member", Scott Simon, Weekend Edition, June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
- "NPR report." NPR. November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-10.
- NPR Biography on Scott Simon
- Weekend Edition Saturday
- Voices on Antisemitism Interview with Scott Simon from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Scott Simon's official website