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Release: April 18, 2001
NPR correspondent Scott Simon to present lecture April 29 at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio's "Weekend
Edition Saturday," will give a public lecture at the University of Iowa's
Macbride Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
Simon and his wife, French filmmaker Caroline Richard, will also be featured
guests on WSUI 910 AM's "Iowa Talks" at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30.
Prior to "Iowa Talks," Simon will informally address students at
the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Simon's visit to Iowa City is co-sponsored by WSUI-AM 910 and the UI School
of Journalism and Mass Communication.
From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations,
and America's backyards, NPR correspondent Simon brings a well-traveled perspective
to his role as host of "Weekend Edition Saturday."
Simon joined NPR in 1977 as chief of its Chicago Bureau. Since then, he
has reported from all 50 states, covered presidential campaigns, seven wars,
and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and the
In 1999 Simon took leave of his usual post at "Weekend Edition Saturday"
to cover the war in Kosovo for NPR. He has also reported from Central America
on the continuing wars in that region, from Cuba on the nation's resistance
to change, from Ethiopia on the country's famine and prolonged civil war,
from the Middle East during the Gulf War, and from Sarajevo during its siege.
Simon has received numerous honors for his reporting. He was part of the
NPR news team that won a prestigious Alfred I. Du Pont-Columbia University
Award in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War. In 1989 he won a George Foster
Peabody Award for his radio essays. The award commended him for his sensitivity
and literary style in coverage of events, including the murder of six Jesuit
priests in El Salvador, the San Francisco earthquake, and the death of playwright
Samuel Beckett. Simon also accepted the Presidential End Hunger Award for
his series of reports on the 1987-1988 Ethiopian drought. He received a 1986
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his coverage of racism in a South Philadelphia
neighborhood and a 1986 Silver Cindy for a report on conditions at the Immigration
and Naturalization Service's detention center in Harlingen, Texas.
Simon received a Major Armstrong Award in 1979 for his coverage of the American
Nazi Party rally in Chicago and a Unity Award in Media in 1978 for his political
reporting on "All Things Considered." He also won a 1982 Emmy for
the public television documentary "The Patterson Project," which
examined the effects of President Reagan's budget cuts on the lives of 12
New Jersey residents. Simon has been a frequent guest host of the CBS television
program "Nightwatch" and CNBC's "Live Talk."
In addition to hosting "Weekend Edition Saturday," Simon appears
as an essayist and commentator on NBC's "Weekend Today." He has
hosted many public television programs, including the current series "Life
on the Internet:" and "State of Mind," the newsmagazine "American
Pie," the series "Search for Common Ground," and specials on
privacy in America and Democracy in the Middle East. He also narrated the
documentary film "Lincoln of Illinois" for PBS. Simon participated
in the Grammy Award-nominated 50th anniversary remake of "The War of
the Worlds" and hosted public television's coverage of the 1992 Rio Earth
Summit. Simon has hosted the BBC series "Eyewitness," which was
seen in the United States on the Discovery channel, and a BBC special on the
White House press corps.
Simon has written for The New York Times' Book Review and Opinion section,
and for The Los Angeles Times and Gourmet magazine. Simon's book "Home
and Away: Memoir of a Fan" was published by Hyperion, a division of Disney.
The son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons, Simon grew up
in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Cleveland and
Washington, DC. He attended the University of Chicago and McGill University,
and he has received several honorary degrees. His hobbies are Mexican cooking,
book collecting, and living and dying for the Chicago Cubs. He met his wife
during an on-air interview.
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