Bob Simon, a longtime news correspondent for CBS News and 60 Minutes was killed in a car crash in New York City, when the town car he was a passenger in hit another car around 6:45 last night. NYPD said Mr. Simon was taken to a nearby hospital where died on arrival. The driver of the town car was listed in stable condition, and the driver of the other car was uninjured.
“It’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News,” 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. “It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times.
“Bob was a reporter’s reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable,” Fager said. “There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much.”
During his five-decade career, Simon covered stories ranging from the Vietnam War to the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma.” He joined CBS News in 1967.
CBS News named Simon its chief Middle East correspondent in 1987. He worked in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years, winning several awards, including two Peabody Awards and two Emmy Awards. Simon also won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.
Simon is survived by his wife, Françoise, and daughter Tanya, a producer for “60 Minutes.”
Bob Simon was 73 years old.