Roger Simon (journalist)
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, author|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.|
|Genre||Journalism, politics, non-fiction|
Roger Simon is a writer and commentator, the chief political columnist of Politico and a best-selling author. He has won more than three dozen first-place awards for journalism, and is the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. His book on the 1996 presidential race, Show Time, became a New York Times best-seller.
Life and career
Simon was born in Chicago, and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Prior to joining Politico, Simon was a reporter or columnist for several newspapers, including the Waukegan, Illinois, News-Sun, the Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
In 1998, he became the White House correspondent of the Chicago Tribune and covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 1999, he joined U.S. News & World Report as chief political correspondent and then political editor. He joined Bloomberg News in January 2006 as its first chief political correspondent, and later joined Politico as its first chief political columnist.
In April 1999, Simon was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. Simon has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University, a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University, and a Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University. In 2014 Simon became a fellow at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
In 2015 Simon won the Dateline Award of the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C. Professional Chapter for Best Column. He was cited for his "thought-provoking writing, storytelling, and interviewing skills" for six columns that included an "extremely prescient analysis of the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri.”
In April 2013 Simon won first place in the National Headliner Awards for a series of columns he wrote during the 2012 presidential campaign on the politics of gun control. The Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. Simon has won the award six times.
In July 2013, Simon was awarded first place by the National Press Club in winning the Angele Gingras Humor Award. Judges said: "Simon's writing is witty, specific and based on sharp observations of politics and the media."
In July 2011 Simon was nominated for an Online Journalism Award in the Commentary/Blogging, Large Site Division of the contest. Launched in 2000 and administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication, the OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.
Based in Washington, D.C., Simon contributes articles to national magazines and newspapers, and has appeared as a panelist or political analyst on numerous television and radio programs. Simon's syndicated columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers throughout the world.
On January 26, 2017, media critic Robert Feder wrote: "The great Roger Simon, a Chicago original who became one of America’s best political columnists, is calling it a career. Simon, 68, is telling friends that he and his wife, Marcia Kramer, a free-lance editor and former copy desk chief of the Washington Post, are retiring at the end of the month."
On February 1, 2017, he published his last column on Politico.
Simon is also a speaker and author. Books written by Simon include:
- Simon Says: The Best of Roger Simon (1986)
- Road Show: In America, Anyone Can Become President, It's One of the Risks We Take (1990; covers the 1988 presidential campaign)
- Show Time: The American Political Circus and the Race for the White House (1998; covers the 1996 presidential campaign)
- Divided We Stand: How Al Gore Beat George Bush and Lost the Presidency (2002; covers the 2000 presidential campaign)
- Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Battle for the Soul of America (2013; covers the 2012 presidential election)