Learning about true hospitality and graciousness from people in hellish places. Pizza in Kosovo, pasta in a refugee camp, and faux cheese during the siege of Sarajevo. Sometimes, eating well is the best revenge.
Scott Simon is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday on NPR and Need to Know on PBS and a well known writer and novelist. From Ground Zero in New York to ground zero in Kabul, to police stations, refugee camps, snipers’ roosts, subway platforms, and theater stages, NPR’s Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon has reported from all 50 states and every continent. He has covered ten wars, hundreds of campaigns, sieges, famines, hurricanes, earthquakes, civil wars, and scandals, state funerals and opening nights. He has interviewed and profiled some of the most interesting personalities of the times, from Mother Teresa to Ariel Sharon and Wyclef Jean, to roving street kids in Rio, and refugees in Kosovo, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Scott Simon has received numerous honors for his reporting, including the Overseas Press Club, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, George Foster Peabody, Ohio State, Directors Guild, Major Armstrong, and Emmy awards. He received a special 1989 George Foster Peabody Award for his weekly essays, which were cited for their sensitivity and literary style. He was awarded the Studs Terkel Media Award in 2009. He is the only journalist on the new National Institute on Civil Discourse (other members of the Institute include Colin Powell and Bill Clinton). He is also on the board of the Hemingway Collection at the JFK Presidential Library.