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Roger Simon


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Roger Simon is the Chief Political Columnist

of POLITICO, an award-winning journalist and

a New York Times best-selling author.

He has won more than three dozen first-place

awards and twice won the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished

Writing Award for Commentary. He has also been a

runner-up for the award.

Also, he has won the National Headliner Award

three times including 2005 for his coverage of the

2004 presidential election. His work has been included

in the "Best Newspaper Writing in America" in three

different years.

In reviewing a collection of his work titled

"Simon Says: The Best of Roger Simon" (Contemporary

Books), Martha Jablow of The New York Times compared

him to H.L. Mencken and Russell Baker. The book,

published in both hardcover and paperback, has been

translated into Japanese.

His first book on presidential politics titled

"Road Show" was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux

and received rave reviews from the New York Times, the

Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia

Inquirer, Newsweek and Time.

His book on the Clinton administration and

national politics titled "Show Time" was published by

Times Books/Random House and hit the New York Times

best-seller list on March 29, 1998.

His book on the 2000 presidential race, "Divided We

Stand," was published by Crown Publishers/Random House

in 2002. The Boston Globe said, "Simon is known for

his droll humor and bracingly pithy distillations of

complex issues."

The Associated Press has called his work

"sensitive, relevant and written with understated


Simon's column, syndicated for 25 years, is

distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers

throughout the world.

Simon has been on numerous television and radio

programs including "Meet the Press," the

"Today" show, "Good Morning America," "Hardball with

Chris Matthews," the "Charlie Rose Show,"

"Reliable Sources," the "Today" Show, and "Good Morning America."

Simon was also a regular weekly panelist on CNN's "Lou Dobbs."

Based in Washington, D.C., Simon contributes

articles to national magazines ranging from The New

Republic to the New York Times Book Review and speaks

nationally. His work has also appeared in Slate, The

Washington Post and the Washington Monthly.

Simon was a staff columnist at The Baltimore Sun

from 1984 to 1995 and first gained renown as an

investigative reporter and columnist during his 12

years at the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 1998, he became the White House Correspondent

of the Chicago Tribune and covered the Monica Lewinsky


In 1999, he joined U.S. News & World Report as

Chief Political Correspondent and then Political Editor.

Simon is a three-time winner of the American Bar

Association's Silver Gavel Award, a three-time winner

of the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline

Club, an eight-time recipient of the Page One Award

from the Chicago Newspaper Guild and also was the

first non-black journalist to win a national writing

award from the National Association of Black


Simon has also won five United Press International

Awards and four Associated Press Awards. He has won

three Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards, a

Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press

Association Award and is a three-time winner of the

Society of Professional Journalists, Maryland

Professional Chapter Award.

He is a two-time winner of the Washington Monthly

Journalism Award for political reporting.

When he won second place in the Ernie Pyle

Memorial Award competition, the judges cited his

"extraordinary ability to capture the story in terms

of ordinary people."

In 1995, Simon won first-place awards from the

Society of Professional Journalists and the Chesapeake

Associated Press.

In 2005 he won the National Headliner Award for

magazine writing for his coverage of the 2004

presidential election. In 2004 he won the Washington

Headliner Award for magazine writing.

He joined Bloomberg News in January 2006 as its first

Chief Political Correspondent.

Simon was born in Chicago, Ill., and has a B.A.

degree in English from the University of Illinois at

Champaign-Urbana. He has also worked for the Waukegan

(Ill.) News-Sun and the City News Bureau of Chicago.

In April, 1999 Simon was inducted into the Chicago

Journalism Hall of Fame, whose members include Carl

Sandburg, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner and Mike Royko.

Simon has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale

University, a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford

University, and in the spring of 2005 was a Kennedy

School of Government Institute of Politics Fellow at

Harvard University.


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South Shore High School, Chicago
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University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
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