Wednesday, February 11, 2015

CBS's Bob Simon Dies In Auto Crash

Bob Simon, 73, a CBS News television correspondent, died in an automobile crash on February 11, 2015. He was born on May 29, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y., and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University in 1962 with a degree in history. He and his wife, Fran├žoise, have a daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for CBS News’ “60 Minutes” in New York.

From 1964 to 1967, Simon served as an American Foreign Service officer and was a Fulbright Scholar in France and a Woodrow Wilson scholar. From 1969 to 1971, he served a tour in the CBS News London bureau. From 1971 to 1977, he was based in the London and Saigon bureaus, where he served as a Vietnam War correspondent. From 1977 to 1981, he was assigned to the CBS News Tel Aviv bureau.

From 1981 to 1982, he spent time in Washington, D.C., as the CBS News State Department correspondent. From 1982 to 1987, Simon served as a New York-based CBS News national correspondent. In 1987, Simon was named the CBS News Chief Middle Eastern correspondent.

In addition to Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Sarajevo and Tiananmen Square, Simon has reported from the frontlines on the American interventions in Grenada, Somalia and Haiti, the revolutions in Portugal and Prague, the civil wars in Central America, the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the conflict in Northern Ireland and the war between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands. Simon was with Israeli troops during the Yom Kippur War, with PLO fighters during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and in Gaza the day the Intifada began.

During the opening days of the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon and his CBS News team were captured by Iraqi forces and spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons; he later chronicled the experience in the book Forty Days.

In 1996, Simon joined 60 Minutes as a correspondent, and in 1998, he was named a 60 Minutes II correspondent. Notable stories he has done in recent years include the first profile of the so-called "Lost Boys of Sudan" and an exclusive interview with Iraqi Shiite insurgency leader Muqtada al-Sadr. Most recently, he had served as the senior foreign correspondent on 60 Minutes.

There are various versions of how he died.

Deadline Hollywood, allegedly, at first reported he had died when his car hit a tanker truck.

Later, that was changed to this story:
CBS announced tonight that the long time news magazine correspondent was killed in a car accident in NYC tonight. Bob Simon was 73. The veteran reporter joined 60 Minutes in 1996. The crash occurred on the West Side Highway in Manhattan when the Lincoln Town Car the correspondent was traveling in hit another vehicle and went off the road. In a five decade career, much of its as foreign correspondent, Simon won 27 Emmys and 4 Peabodys.
This was posted on Wikipedia:
On February 11, 2015, Simon was killed in a car crash. He was a passenger in a livery cab which was involved in a collision with another car, and then it crashed into a median. Bob Simon went into cardiac arrest and later died at Bellevue hospital. 

Tanker truck?  Median?  Another vehicle and off the road?

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