Scott Simon

Host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, Award-Winning Journalist, Best-selling Author

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Drawing on his prolific experience covering stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each talk. Simon’s unique topics range from his experiences covering war-torn countries over the decades, to an inside look at journalism today—and how to make the leap from news to novelist. Through a colorful mixture of personal anecdotes and reflections on world news, he gives audiences a rare look at his storied career as a journalist, an acclaimed essayist, a best-selling author, a doting father, and a beloved son.

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 2017Simon’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.

Speech Topics

  • Unforgettable: Tweeting From My Mother’s Bedside
  • How To Tell A Story
  • Lessons from Unexpected Places & People: Some (Surprising) Lessons from My Life as a Journalist
  • Making it Up is Hard: How a Journalist Becomes a Novelist
  • Sports Stories
  • The Blessing of Adoption
  • War is Hell. And Sometimes the Food is Delicious
  • War Stories: Wars I’ve Covered and the People Who Made It Worthwhile

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