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Scott Simon

NPR "Weekend Edition" Host

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Scott Simon Biography

From Manhattan's Ground Zero to the back streets of Sarajevo, Chicago, and Kabul, Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as Host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. The program, which Jeff Yorke of The Washington Post has called, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," observed its fourteenth anniversary in November of 1999.

Simon opened the network's Chicago Bureau in 1980. In 1982, he became the first NPR correspondent to open a bureau in a war zone, when he opened the network's San Salvador office. He had also reported from bureaus in New York, London, Jerusalem, and Calcutta before creating Weekend Edition in 1985.

He has reported from all fifty states and scores of foreign countries. He had covered ten wars, from El Salvador to Afghanistan, and 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. In 1987, Simon received the Presidential End Hunger Award for his coverage of the Ethiopian civil war and famine, and in 1990 he received a special citation from the Peabody Awards for his weekly essays, which were cited as "consistently thoughtful, graceful, and challenging." In the summer of 2001, Simon received the Barry M. Goldwater Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Simon was one of the first co-anchors of Weekend Today on NBC television. Currently, he hosts the quarterly PBS series, State of Mind, and the public television series, Life on the Internet and Voices of Vision. His 1982 PBS special, The Paterson Project, won a national Emmy, and over the years Simon has hosted many PBS specials and series, including the award-winning Affluenza, and a two-hour special from the Rio earth summit meeting. He has co-hosted the Columbia-Dupont and Peabody Awards, and co-anchored PBS's Millennium 2000 coverage in concert with the BBC. He is a frequent guest and interviewer on NOW with Bill Moyers.

In 1988, Simon became familiar to television viewers in Great Britain as host of the continuing BBC series, Eyewitness, and a special on the White House press corps aired domestically on the Discovery Channel.

Simon has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal and Gourmet among other publications. He has received numerous honorary degrees. In the spring of 2000, Hyperion published his personal memoir, Home and Away. Sports Illustrated called the book, which was at the top of The Los Angeles Times Non-Fiction Bestseller List and several other book lists, "extraordinary, uniformly superb, a memoir of such breadth and reach that it compared favorably with Fredrick Exley's A Fan's Notes.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Simon's remarks to the National Council of Churches and his Wall Street Journal essay supporting the war on terrorism have been widely quoted and excerpted all over the world, in publications as diverse as The Advocate, Soldier of Fortune, and England's Spectator. He then flew to Afghanistan to cover the war.

His new book, on Jackie Robinson's arrival in major league baseball, appeared in September of 2002 as part of Wiley's prestigious Turning Points series.

Topics

• The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines

• How September 11 Reattached New York to the United States and Vice-Vera

• Notes of a Native Son of Chicago

• The Legacy of the Holocaust Today

• Fighting Anti-Gay Bigotry

Speaking Topics
  • Leaping from Journalism into Fiction: Making it Up is Hard

    There’s an old reporter’s joke: it would be so much easier if we could make it up.” But, after a rich reporting career, Scott Simon decided to write novels—and found that making things up is actually harder. This speech is about the balance between experience and imagination, and using what you (think you) know to create something new.

  • Covering War and Peace, Sports and Celebs

    Scott Simon provides an anecdotal explanation of how going from events that are profound and dangerous, to those that are frivolous, actually refreshes your perspective. In addition, he discusses how such experiences remind you of what’s really important for survival.

  • What’s the News when Every Person is His or Her Own Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?

    What constitutes news in this new media landscape? Simon posses this question to listeners and shares the concept of ideas that rush in as quickly and indiscriminately as a busted water main, and the fact that nobody has to meet an idea that they don’t like. This speech is a plea to remember that real journalism challenges an audience, not just rewards their biases.

  • War is Hell. And Sometimes the Food is Delicious

    Derived from Scott Simon’s article "Conflict Cuisine," audiences will learn about true hospitality and graciousness from people in hellish places. Pizza in Kosovo, pasta in a refugee camp, and faux cheese during the siege of Sarajevo. As the winner of the Beard Award for Food Writing, Simon shares that sometimes, eating well is the best revenge.

  • The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines

News
  • Scott Simon : NPR

    Scott Simon is a Peabody Award-winning correspondent and host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

FAQs
  • HOW TO BOOK Scott Simon?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Scott Simon for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Scott Simon, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Scott Simon or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Scott Simon?

    Booking fees for Scott Simon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Scott Simon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Scott Simon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Scott Simon for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Scott Simon for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Scott Simon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Scott Simon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Scott Simon Biography

From Manhattan's Ground Zero to the back streets of Sarajevo, Chicago, and Kabul, Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as Host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. The program, which Jeff Yorke of The Washington Post has called, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," observed its fourteenth anniversary in November of 1999.

Simon opened the network's Chicago Bureau in 1980. In 1982, he became the first NPR correspondent to open a bureau in a war zone, when he opened the network's San Salvador office. He had also reported from bureaus in New York, London, Jerusalem, and Calcutta before creating Weekend Edition in 1985.

He has reported from all fifty states and scores of foreign countries. He had covered ten wars, from El Salvador to Afghanistan, and 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. In 1987, Simon received the Presidential End Hunger Award for his coverage of the Ethiopian civil war and famine, and in 1990 he received a special citation from the Peabody Awards for his weekly essays, which were cited as "consistently thoughtful, graceful, and challenging." In the summer of 2001, Simon received the Barry M. Goldwater Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Simon was one of the first co-anchors of Weekend Today on NBC television. Currently, he hosts the quarterly PBS series, State of Mind, and the public television series, Life on the Internet and Voices of Vision. His 1982 PBS special, The Paterson Project, won a national Emmy, and over the years Simon has hosted many PBS specials and series, including the award-winning Affluenza, and a two-hour special from the Rio earth summit meeting. He has co-hosted the Columbia-Dupont and Peabody Awards, and co-anchored PBS's Millennium 2000 coverage in concert with the BBC. He is a frequent guest and interviewer on NOW with Bill Moyers.

In 1988, Simon became familiar to television viewers in Great Britain as host of the continuing BBC series, Eyewitness, and a special on the White House press corps aired domestically on the Discovery Channel.

Simon has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal and Gourmet among other publications. He has received numerous honorary degrees. In the spring of 2000, Hyperion published his personal memoir, Home and Away. Sports Illustrated called the book, which was at the top of The Los Angeles Times Non-Fiction Bestseller List and several other book lists, "extraordinary, uniformly superb, a memoir of such breadth and reach that it compared favorably with Fredrick Exley's A Fan's Notes.

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Simon's remarks to the National Council of Churches and his Wall Street Journal essay supporting the war on terrorism have been widely quoted and excerpted all over the world, in publications as diverse as The Advocate, Soldier of Fortune, and England's Spectator. He then flew to Afghanistan to cover the war.

His new book, on Jackie Robinson's arrival in major league baseball, appeared in September of 2002 as part of Wiley's prestigious Turning Points series.

Topics

• The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines

• How September 11 Reattached New York to the United States and Vice-Vera

• Notes of a Native Son of Chicago

• The Legacy of the Holocaust Today

• Fighting Anti-Gay Bigotry

Scott Simon Speaking Topics

  • Leaping from Journalism into Fiction: Making it Up is Hard

    There’s an old reporter’s joke: it would be so much easier if we could make it up.” But, after a rich reporting career, Scott Simon decided to write novels—and found that making things up is actually harder. This speech is about the balance between experience and imagination, and using what you (think you) know to create something new.

  • Covering War and Peace, Sports and Celebs

    Scott Simon provides an anecdotal explanation of how going from events that are profound and dangerous, to those that are frivolous, actually refreshes your perspective. In addition, he discusses how such experiences remind you of what’s really important for survival.

  • What’s the News when Every Person is His or Her Own Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?

    What constitutes news in this new media landscape? Simon posses this question to listeners and shares the concept of ideas that rush in as quickly and indiscriminately as a busted water main, and the fact that nobody has to meet an idea that they don’t like. This speech is a plea to remember that real journalism challenges an audience, not just rewards their biases.

  • War is Hell. And Sometimes the Food is Delicious

    Derived from Scott Simon’s article "Conflict Cuisine," audiences will learn about true hospitality and graciousness from people in hellish places. Pizza in Kosovo, pasta in a refugee camp, and faux cheese during the siege of Sarajevo. As the winner of the Beard Award for Food Writing, Simon shares that sometimes, eating well is the best revenge.

  • The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines

FAQs on booking Scott Simon

  • How to book Scott Simon?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Scott Simon for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Scott Simon, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Scott Simon or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Scott Simon?

    Booking fees for Scott Simon, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Scott Simon, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Scott Simon?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Scott Simon for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Scott Simon for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Scott Simon or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Scott Simon or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Scott Simon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Leaping from Journalism into Fiction: Making it Up is Hard, Covering War and Peace, Sports and Celebs, What’s the News when Every Person is His or Her Own Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?, War is Hell. And Sometimes the Food is Delicious and The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines. The estimated speaking fee range to book Scott Simon for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Scott Simon generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dan Abrams, Diane Sawyer, Planet Money, Peter Lance and Anderson Cooper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Scott Simon for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Scott Simon Speaking Topics

  • Leaping from Journalism into Fiction: Making it Up is Hard

    There’s an old reporter’s joke: it would be so much easier if we could make it up.” But, after a rich reporting career, Scott Simon decided to write novels—and found that making things up is actually harder. This speech is about the balance between experience and imagination, and using what you (think you) know to create something new.

  • Covering War and Peace, Sports and Celebs

    Scott Simon provides an anecdotal explanation of how going from events that are profound and dangerous, to those that are frivolous, actually refreshes your perspective. In addition, he discusses how such experiences remind you of what’s really important for survival.

  • What’s the News when Every Person is His or Her Own Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?

    What constitutes news in this new media landscape? Simon posses this question to listeners and shares the concept of ideas that rush in as quickly and indiscriminately as a busted water main, and the fact that nobody has to meet an idea that they don’t like. This speech is a plea to remember that real journalism challenges an audience, not just rewards their biases.

  • War is Hell. And Sometimes the Food is Delicious

    Derived from Scott Simon’s article "Conflict Cuisine," audiences will learn about true hospitality and graciousness from people in hellish places. Pizza in Kosovo, pasta in a refugee camp, and faux cheese during the siege of Sarajevo. As the winner of the Beard Award for Food Writing, Simon shares that sometimes, eating well is the best revenge.

  • The War on Terrorism from the Frontlines

Scott Simon News

  • Scott Simon : NPR

    Scott Simon is a Peabody Award-winning correspondent and host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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