NEW YORK, New York — Award-winning journalist Bob Simon died in a car crash Wednesday night in New York City.
The “60 Minutes” correspondent and CBS News foreign reporter, whose career began more than 50 years ago, was 73.
Simon joined CBS News in 1967 and began contributing to 60 Minutes in 1996.
His most recent piece, an interview with the director of “Selma,” aired this past weekend.
“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.”
He is survived by his wife, Françoise, and their daughter, Tanya, who is a producer for 60 Minutes.