Scott Simon
Will O'Leary/N/A

Scott Simon

Host, Weekend Edition Saturday

Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

Simon's weekly show, Weekend Edition Saturday, has been called by the Washington Post, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," and by Brett Martin of Time-Out New York "the most eclectic, intelligent two hours of broadcasting on the airwaves." He has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, the Columbia-DuPont, the Ohio State Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and the Sidney Hillman Award. Simon received the Presidential End Hunger Award for his coverage of the Ethiopian civil war and famine, and a special citation from the Peabody Awards for his weekly essays, which were cited as "consistently thoughtful, graceful, and challenging." He has also received the Barry M. Goldwater Award from the Human Rights Fund. Recently, he was awarded the Studs Terkel Award.

Simon has hosted many television specials, including the PBS's "State of Mind," "Voices of Vision," and "Need to Know." "The Paterson Project" won a national Emmy, as did his two-hour special from the Rio earth summit meeting. He co-anchored PBS's "Millennium 2000" coverage in concert with the BBC, and has co-hosted the televised Columbia-DuPont Awards. He also became familiar to viewers in Great Britain as host of the continuing BBC series, "Eyewitness," and a special on the White House press corps. He has appeared as a guest and commentator on all major networks, including BBC, NBC, CNN, and ESPN.

Simon has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times of London, The Guardian, and Gourmet among other publications, and won a James Beard Award for his story, "Conflict Cuisine" in Gourmet. He has received numerous honorary degrees.

Sports Illustrated called his book Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan "extraordinary...uniformly superb...a memoir of such breadth and reach that it compares favorably with Fredrick Exley's A Fan's Notes." It was at the top of several non-fiction bestseller lists. His book, and Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, was Barnes and Nobles' Sports Book of the Year. His novel, Pretty Birds, the story of two teenage girls in Sarajevo during the siege, received rave reviews, Scott Turow calling it, "the most auspicious fiction debut by a journalist of note since Tom Wolfe's. . . always gripping, always tender, and often painfully funny. It is a marvel of technical finesse, close observation, and a perfectly pitched heart." Windy City, Simon's second novel, is a political comedy set in the Chicago City Council. Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other, an essay about the joys of adoption, was published in August 2010.

Simon's tweets to his 1.25 million Twitter followers from his mother's bedside in the summer of 2013 gathered major media attention around the world. He is completing a book on their last week together that will appear in time for Mother's Day 2015.

Simon is a native of Chicago and the son of comedian Ernie Simon and Patricia Lyons Simon. His hobbies are books, theater, ballet, British comedy, Mexican cooking and "bleeding for the Chicago Cubs." He appeared as Mother Ginger in the Ballet Austin production of The Nutcracker.

More from Scott Simon

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

Saturday Sports: Cleveland Cavaliers Take A Win Against Warriors

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/532350864/532350865" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The view from the balcony of the Lyric Theatre in Birmingham, Ala. Joe DeSciose/Courtesy of Glenny Brock hide caption

toggle caption
Joe DeSciose/Courtesy of Glenny Brock

A Birmingham Landmark With A Storied But Segregated History

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/532265601/532350885" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Man Learns The Truth About His Adoption In 'Everybody's Son'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531256901/531347388" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A Busy Week In Politics: Climate Pact, Russia Probe

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531347299/531347300" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Meet Leo Varadkar, The Future Prime Minster Of Ireland

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531347320/531347321" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Standard manual Olivetti M1 typewriter, without the keyboard and platen roller, 1911. Italy, 20th century. DeAgostini/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
DeAgostini/Getty Images

'Covfefe': The Tweet Heard Around The Wrold

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/531264632/531347376" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Emily Bogle/NPR

In 'Shtum,' A Portrait Of Autism Drawn From Real Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530235229/530337330" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Jaco Pastorius performs in 1982, around the time when Paul Blakemore engineered his concert at Avery Fisher Hall for NPR's Jazz Alive!. Tom Copi/Courtesy of Resonance Records hide caption

toggle caption
Tom Copi/Courtesy of Resonance Records

In A Lost Concert, Jaco Pastorius Sounded The Rhythm Of The City

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530194946/530337324" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Trump walks during a G-7 session in the Sicilian town of Taormina, Italy. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Medichini/AP

In A President's First 100 Days, The News Is Rarely Good

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/530337213/530337214" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee in 1965. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Who's Afraid Of A Diverse Cast?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/529146027/529257400" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Don't Feed Parrots Chocolate, Despite What Happens In Minecraft

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/529257386/529257387" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Raquel Zaldivar/NPR

Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/529177027/529257406" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript