About Scott Simon
From Ground Zero in New York to ground zero in Kabul, to refugee camps, snipers’ roosts, and theater stages, National Public Radio’s Scott Simon has reported from all 50 states and every continent. He has covered ten wars, hundreds of campaigns, sieges, natural disasters, civil wars, scandals, and opening nights. He has interviewed and profiled some of the most interesting personalities of our time, from Mother Teresa and Ariel Sharon, to roving street kids in Rio, and refugees in Kosovo and Sudan. His work has earned him every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody and the Emmy. Most recently, Simon was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Order of Lincoln from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois—the highest honor an Illinoisan can receive (prior recipients include Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama).
Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as Host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, which Jeff Yorke of The Washington Post has called, “the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial.” The show has an audience of 4.2 million listeners and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. Currently, Simon also hosts the PBS series Backstage With… and Need to Know.
In April 2017, Simon’s latest book My Cubs: A Love Story hit shelves and Amazon wish lists across the globe. As its title suggests, the sports-themed memoir is an ode to Simon’s decades long appreciation for the Chicago Cubs baseball team.