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CBS's Bob Simon to speak at Miami

01/09/2004

Bob Simon, one of the most honored foreign correspondents in the business, will speak on "Is Peace Possible in the Middle East?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in 144 Benton Hall at Miami University as part of Miami's Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture Series.

A foreign correspondent for CBS News for more than 30 years, Simon is also a correspondent for the primetime newsmagazine “60 Minutes II.” He has covered virtually every major foreign story of the past three decades, from the Vietnam War, Sarajevo and Tiananmen Square to the birth of Solidarity in Poland, Ferdinand Marcos’ departure from the Philippines and the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Named CBS News chief Middle Eastern correspondent in 1987, Simon has come to be known as the premier broadcast journalist in that part of the world. During the Gulf War in January 1991, he was captured by Iraqi forces and spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons with the other three members of the CBS News team.

Simon has won many Emmy Awards for his work, including one in 2003. Other honors include the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award, more than five Overseas Press Club awards, several Peabody awards and an Edward R. Murrow award.

Before joining CBS News in 1967, Simon served as an American Foreign Service officer and was a Fulbright and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the international studies program.

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