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Release: April 18, 2001

NPR correspondent Scott Simon to present lecture April 29 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Saturday," will give a public lecture at the University of Iowa's Macbride Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

Simon and his wife, French filmmaker Caroline Richard, will also be featured guests on WSUI 910 AM's "Iowa Talks" at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30. Prior to "Iowa Talks," Simon will informally address students at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Simon's visit to Iowa City is co-sponsored by WSUI-AM 910 and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America's backyards, NPR correspondent Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of "Weekend Edition Saturday."

Simon joined NPR in 1977 as chief of its Chicago Bureau. Since then, he has reported from all 50 states, covered presidential campaigns, seven wars, and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

In 1999 Simon took leave of his usual post at "Weekend Edition Saturday" to cover the war in Kosovo for NPR. He has also reported from Central America on the continuing wars in that region, from Cuba on the nation's resistance to change, from Ethiopia on the country's famine and prolonged civil war, from the Middle East during the Gulf War, and from Sarajevo during its siege.

Simon has received numerous honors for his reporting. He was part of the NPR news team that won a prestigious Alfred I. Du Pont-Columbia University Award in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War. In 1989 he won a George Foster Peabody Award for his radio essays. The award commended him for his sensitivity and literary style in coverage of events, including the murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador, the San Francisco earthquake, and the death of playwright Samuel Beckett. Simon also accepted the Presidential End Hunger Award for his series of reports on the 1987-1988 Ethiopian drought. He received a 1986 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his coverage of racism in a South Philadelphia neighborhood and a 1986 Silver Cindy for a report on conditions at the Immigration and Naturalization Service's detention center in Harlingen, Texas.

Simon received a Major Armstrong Award in 1979 for his coverage of the American Nazi Party rally in Chicago and a Unity Award in Media in 1978 for his political reporting on "All Things Considered." He also won a 1982 Emmy for the public television documentary "The Patterson Project," which examined the effects of President Reagan's budget cuts on the lives of 12 New Jersey residents. Simon has been a frequent guest host of the CBS television program "Nightwatch" and CNBC's "Live Talk."

In addition to hosting "Weekend Edition Saturday," Simon appears as an essayist and commentator on NBC's "Weekend Today." He has hosted many public television programs, including the current series "Life on the Internet:" and "State of Mind," the newsmagazine "American Pie," the series "Search for Common Ground," and specials on privacy in America and Democracy in the Middle East. He also narrated the documentary film "Lincoln of Illinois" for PBS. Simon participated in the Grammy Award-nominated 50th anniversary remake of "The War of the Worlds" and hosted public television's coverage of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Simon has hosted the BBC series "Eyewitness," which was seen in the United States on the Discovery channel, and a BBC special on the White House press corps.

Simon has written for The New York Times' Book Review and Opinion section, and for The Los Angeles Times and Gourmet magazine. Simon's book "Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan" was published by Hyperion, a division of Disney.

The son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons, Simon grew up in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Cleveland and Washington, DC. He attended the University of Chicago and McGill University, and he has received several honorary degrees. His hobbies are Mexican cooking, book collecting, and living and dying for the Chicago Cubs. He met his wife during an on-air interview.

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