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Born Robert David Simon (May 29, 1941 – February 11, 2015), Bob Simon was an American television correspondent for CBS News. During his award-winning journalist career spanning five decades, he covered crises, the Vietnam War, and unrest in sixty-seven countries. Simon reported the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and the student protests in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989. During the Persian Gulf War in 1991, he and four of his TV crew were captured and imprisoned by Iraq for forty days, about which experience he wrote a book, Forty Days.

Simon became a regular correspondent for CBS's weekly "60 Minutes" news magazine in 1996. The 2014-15 season was his 19th on the weekly Sunday night broadcast. He also was a correspondent on all seven seasons of "60 Minutes II" until that show ended in 2005. Simon earned more than 40 major awards, including the Overseas Press Club awards and 27 Emmy Awards for journalism. He won electronic journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, for the piece "Shame of Srebrencia," a "60 Minutes II" report on genocide during the Bosnian War.

Simon was born to a Jewish family in New York City's Bronx disctrict. In 1962, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University with a degree in history. 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 worked at the CBS News London bureau, and from 1971 to 1977, was based in the London and Saigon bureaus, where he worked as a Vietnam War correspondent. From 1977 to 1981, he was assigned to the CBS News Tel Aviv bureau.

On February 11, 2015, Simon ided in an automotive accident while riding in a livery cab in Manhattan. He was 73.

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