Bob Simon, a longtime veteran correspondent from CBS News, was killed in a car accident this evening in New York City. His career in news was nearly 50 years long, and he is one of only a few elite journalists to report on most of the major events that have occurred since the 1960s.
The New York Post is reporting that he was riding in a Lincoln Towncar, which crashed into a Mercedes near 30th Street. From there, it lost control and went into a pedestrian expansion. Bob Simon was not driving, and the driver of the Mercedes says that the Towncar was driving erratically. The New York Post said:
‘He swerved into me,’ the driver said. ‘He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.’
Simon was rushed to St. Luke’s, where he died.
Bob Simon recently covered the persecution of the Coptic Christians involved in Egypt’s ongoing political problems. He also went to Fukushima, Japan, three years after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster nearly destroyed that city.
CBS News’ page on Bob Simon shows that he was an award-winning journalist, whose coverage of an all-black orchestra in Central Africa in 2012 won him his fourth Peabody Award, along with an Emmy. He won his 27th Emmy for his coverage of another orchestra in Paraguay.
In the 1990s, he became a regular contributor to “60 Minutes,” and he was also a correspondent for all seven seasons of “60 Minutes II.” After his stint with “60 Minutes II” ended in 2005, he became a full-time “60 Minutes” correspondent. The 2014-2015 television season was his 19th in that position.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the crash was so bad, both Simon and his driver had to be cut out of the Lincoln. The driver of the Lincoln was not seriously injured, and neither was the driver of the Mercedes.
The journalistic community took to Twitter to express their grief and shock over the situation.
Bob Simon was born in the Bronx in 1941, and graduated with a degree in history from Brandeis University in 1962. He joined CBS in 1967 and had been with them ever since. He is survived by his wife and his daughter, who is a producer for “60 Minutes.”
Our hearts and thoughts are with Bob Simon’s family, and with CBS News in this time of tragedy.
Featured image via screen capture from 60 Minutes report with Bob Simon