CBS '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon dies in car crash

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Bob Simon, correspondent for 60 Minutes on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by John Paul Filo/CBS via Getty Images)
CBS correspondent Bob Simon, center, speaks to reporters after he and three collegues were freed in Iraq, Saturday, March 2, 1991. Behind him is cameraman Roberto Alvarez. The 4 man team left for Jordan shortly after. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 11: Bob Simon, CBS News reporter at a CBS Radio microphone. Image dated February 11, 1969. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 15: CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon pictured with his book, Forty Days. Image dated May 15, 1992. (Photo by Tony Esparza/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Bob Simon, CBS News correspondent. Image dated April 30, 1979. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LONDON - MARCH 8: Bob Simon, CBS News correspondent (seated) and television colleagues, clean-shaven in London, England, upon release from forty days of captivity in Iraq. Standing, left to right, sound man Juan Caldera, producer Peter Bluff, and cameraman Roberto Alvarez, with scarf. Image dated March 8, 1991. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
BAGHDAD - MAY 20: CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon in Iraq for news special, 'Bob Simon: Back to Baghdad,' originally broadcast on July 4, 1991. Image dated May 20, 1991. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
CBS correspondent Bob Simon (2R) posing arm-in-arm w. his CBS crew (L-R) sound man Juan Caldera, producer Peter Bluff & cameraman Roberto Alvarez during press conference at the Wellington Hospital; finally freed by the Iraqis after 40 days of imprisonmen.t (Photo by Ian Cook/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
A car remains on the scene of an accident in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. He was 73. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Major media personalities react to the death of Bob Simon, veteran journalist and longtime CBS correspondent.
Officials survey the scene of a fatal collision that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, Wednesday, Feb,. 11, 2015, in New York. Simon, who was 73, covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer stands by the scene of a fatal collision that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York. Simon, who was 73, covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer tows a car following an accident in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. He was 73. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer surveys the scene of an accident following a collision in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon, who was 73, covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer surveys the scene following an accident in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. He was 73. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: The scene where CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in car accident on Manhattan's west side on February 11, 2015 in New York City.The award-winning journalist was 73. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Bob Simon (C) of 60 Minutes attends the Mike Wallace Memorial at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/WireImage)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 01: '60 Minutes' correspondent, Bob Simon attends the 'Faces of America' premiere at Allen Room at Lincoln Center on February 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
CNN's Larry King interviews Don Hewitt, Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft and Bob Simon of the '60 Minutes' anchor team during a taping of 'Larry King Live' on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. The show will air on Monday, June 14, 2004 at 9:00pm ET. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/WireImage)
**FILE**Past and present correspondents of "60 Minutes" join Don Hewitt, the executive producer,lower left, on stage for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held in New York, on, Sept. 3, 2003. Left to right, at rear, Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, Steve Kroft, Meredith Vieira, and executive editor Philip Scheffler. Middle row, Bob Simon, Lesley Stahl, Ed Bradley, Morley Safer and Andy Rooney. Bradley died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, of leukemia at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital. He was 65. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
CBS correspondent Bob Simon joyfully embracing his wife Francoise & daughter Tanya at press conference in Wellington Hospital after he was freed from 40 days of imprisonment by Iraqi soldiers. (Photo by Ian Cook/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
CBS News television correspondent Bob Simon introduces the winner of the 2010 Loeb Award for Beat Writing at the 2010 Gerald Loeb Awards Dinner at Capitale on June 29, 2010 in New York City. *** Local Caption ***
CBS News correspondent Bob Simon arrives at the Metropolitan Opera 2007-08 season opening gala Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 in New York. The MET season opens with a new production of Donizetti"s "Lucia di Lammermoor". (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Bob Simon attends the CBS Upfront presentation in New York on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Officials stand by the scene of a fatal collision that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in New York. Simon, who was 73, covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Officials survey the scene of an accident following a collision in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon, who was 73, covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A police officer tows a car following an accident in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, that killed longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago. He was 73. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this Feb, 1, 2010 file photo, journalist Bob Simon attends the premiere screening of "Faces of America With Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr." at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. CBS says Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car. He was 73. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon, who covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s during a five-decade career in journalism, died in a car crash. He was 73.

Simon was among a handful of elite journalists, a "reporter's reporter," according to his executive producer, whose assignments took him from the Vietnam War to the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma." He spent years doing foreign reporting for CBS News, particularly from the Middle East, where he was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago.

"Bob Simon was a giant of broadcast journalism, and a dear friend to everyone in the CBS News family," CBS News President David Rhodes said in a statement. "We are all shocked by this tragic, sudden loss."

A town car in which Simon was a passenger Wednesday night hit another car stopped at a Manhattan traffic light and then slammed into metal barriers separating traffic lanes, police said. Simon and the town car's driver were taken to a hospital, where Simon was pronounced dead.

The town car driver suffered injuries to his legs and arms. The driver of the other car was uninjured. No arrests were made, said police, who continued to investigate the deadly accident.

"CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley, his eyes red, announced the death in a special report.

"We have some sad news from within our CBS News family," Pelley said. "Our colleague Bob Simon was killed this evening."

"Vietnam is where he first began covering warfare, and he gave his firsthand reporting from virtually every major battlefield around the world since," Pelley said.

Simon had been contributing to "60 Minutes" on a regular basis since 1996. He also was a correspondent for "60 Minutes II."

He was preparing a report on the Ebola virus and the search for a cure for this Sunday's "60 Minutes" broadcast. He had been working on the project with his daughter, Tanya Simon, a producer with whom he collaborated on several stories.

Anderson Cooper, who does occasional stories for "60 Minutes," was near tears talking about Simon's death. He said that when Simon presented a story "you knew it was going to be something special."

"I dreamed of being, and still hope to be, a quarter of the writer that Bob Simon is and has been," the CNN anchor said. "... Bob Simon was a legend, in my opinion."

Jeff Fager, executive producer of "60 Minutes," 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."

Simon joined CBS News in 1967 as a reporter and assignment editor, covering campus unrest and inner-city riots, CBS said. He also worked in CBS' Tel Aviv bureau from 1977 to 1981 and in Washington, D.C., as its Department of State correspondent.

Simon's career in war reporting began in Vietnam, and he was on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon when the U.S. withdrew in 1975. At the outset of the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon was captured by Iraqi forces near the Saudi-Kuwaiti border. CBS said he and three other members of CBS News' coverage team spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons, an experience Simon wrote about in his book "Forty Days." Simon returned to Baghdad in January 1993 to cover the American bombing of Iraq.

Simon won numerous awards, including his fourth Peabody and an Emmy for his story from Central Africa on the world's only all-black symphony in 2012. Another story about an orchestra in Paraguay, one whose poor members constructed their instruments from trash, won him his 27th Emmy, perhaps the most held by a journalist for field reporting, CBS said.

He also captured electronic journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, for "Shame of Srebrenica," a "60 Minutes II" report on genocide during the Bosnian War.

Former CBS News executive Paul Friedman, who teaches broadcast writing at Quinnipiac University, said Simon was "one of the finest reporters and writers in the business."

"He, better than most, knew how to make pictures and words work together to tell a story, which is television news at its best," Friedman said.

Simon was born May 29, 1941, in the Bronx. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1962 with a degree in history. He is survived by his wife, his daughter and his grandson.

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