Bob Simon


In a recent appearance in Washington, D.C., former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel mentioned that writing seems to be a vanishing skill in most broadcast newsrooms. He wasn’t complaining about it, or saying it was wrong, he was simply making the observation that with a greater emphasis on live reporting, in today’s news broadcasts, rarely is there time to actually craft a script.

Bob Simon was always known as one of the great writers of CBS News and television journalism in general.

In the immediate aftermath of his death Wednesday night, in a New York City car accident, Simon’s ability to match words and pictures to tell a story has been his most remarked upon quality.

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