Scott Simon

Scott Simon

Infobox Radio Presenter

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name = Scott Simon
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birthplace = Chicago, Illinois, United States
show = Weekend Edition Saturday
network = National Public Radio
timeslot = Syndication
style = Presenter
country = United States
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[ Personal website]

Scott Simon (born 16 March 1952)cite news | author=Lois Smith Brady| title=Weddings: Vows; Scott Simon and Caroline Richard | url= | work=The New York Times | date=10 September 2000| accessdate=2008-02-23] [cite episode | title=Annoying Campaign Songs | episodelink= | url= | series=Weekend Edition Saturday | serieslink=Weekend Edition | credits= | network=National Public Radio | airdate=2008-02-23 | transcript=Audio | transcripturl=| accessdate=2008-02-23] is an American journalist, and the host of "Weekend Edition Saturday" from National Public Radio.


Simon was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons.cite web | author=Susan Van Dongen | title=Three Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Aaron Copland and NPR's Scott Simon | url= | publisher=The Princeton Packet | date=14 November 2000| accessdate=2008-02-23] [ NPR Biography on Scott Simon] . Retrieved 2007-07-09.] He grew up in major cities across the United States and Canada, including Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Cleveland, and Washington, DC. After his father died, his mother married Ralph G. Newman, a former baseball player, and American Civil War scholar and author, who ran the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop in Chicago. [ "Chicago's Cubs"] , by Jonathan Alter, "The Washington Monthly", May 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-09.] [ "Memorial to Ralph G. Newman"] , by John Y. Simon, July 1998, reprinted in "Illinois Heritage 2000", hosted by Northern Illinois University. Retrieved 2007-07-09.]

Simon's first book "Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan", was published in the spring of 2000, and his second, "Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball" was published in 2002. He is also the author of two novels: "Pretty Birds" (2005) and "Windy City: A Novel of Politics" (2008).

Simon's trademark is a friendly, slightly comic, demeanor, as he expressed in " [ A Car Talk Carol] " with the lines "well-modulated reason and decency" and "warm and self-effacing".


Known as a happy bachelor until the age of 48, Simon met French documentary filmmaker Caroline Richard, then 33, during an NPR interview in 2000. They married September 10, 2000 in a mixed faith Methodist, Quaker, and Jewish service in Ridgefield, Connecticut, at the home of fashion designer Alexander Julian. They have two daughters, both adopted as babies from China, the first, Elise, in 2004, [ "Cat and Child, So Comfy Together"] , by Scott Simon, "Weekend Edition", November 27, 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-10.] [ "NPR Host Scott Simon: Riding on Airwaves"] , Jeff Rubin, , October 18, 2006. Also [ at] . Both retrieved 2007-07-10.] [ "Scott Simon Releases First Novel:Pretty Birds"] , WKAR, 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2007-07-10.] and the second, Lina, in 2007. [ "Reflections on Welcoming a New Family Member"] , Scott Simon, "Weekend Edition", June 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-10. ] They consider themselves a Jewish family.

Simon and his wife were contacted by police as part of the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning. The family was staying at a hotel near the restaurant at the center of the poisoning incident, and had twice bought food there for their young daughter. The health of the family was not affected." [ NPR report] ." "NPR." November 30, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-10.]


External links

* [ NPR Biography on Scott Simon]
* [ Weekend Edition Saturday]

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