Scott Simon

From America's backyards to the back streets of Sarajevo, Chicago, and Rio, Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of NPR's Weekend Edition. Simon opened NPR's Chicago Bureau in 1980. He has also reported from bureaus in New York, London, and Jerusalem before creating Weekend Edition in 1985. An accomplished writer, Simon has contributed articles to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. In 2001, Simon received the Barry M. Goldwater award from the Human Rights Campaign.


In times of crisis the impact of radio coverage on peoples' lives is easy to assess. But day in and day out, how does radio touch the communities or subjects it portrays, and the audience it reaches?