NPR Host Scott Simon to Throw Out First Pitch This Sunday

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NPR Host Scott Simon to Throw Out First Pitch This Sunday

National Public Radio’s Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday, will toss out the ceremonial first pitch at the Durham Bulls game against the Charlotte Knights on Sunday, August 21, 2005 at 5pm. Simon is in town to do a reading from his new book, “Pretty Birds” at 2pm at the American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham.

Simon joined NPR in 1977 as chief of its Chicago bureau. Since then, he has reported from all 50 states, covered presidential campaigns and eight wars, and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. In 2002, Simon took leave of his usual post at Weekend Edition Saturday to cover the war in Afghanistan for NPR. He has also reported from Central America on the continuing wars in that region; from Cuba on the nation’s resistance to change; from Ethiopia on the country’s famine and prolonged civil war; from the Middle East during the Gulf War; and from the siege of Sarajevo and the destruction of Kosovo.

Simon has received numerous honors for his reporting and has been a frequent guest host of the CBS television program Nightwatch and CNBC’s TalkBack Live. In addition to hosting Weekend Edition Saturday, Simon has appeared as an essayist and commentator on NBC’s Weekend Today and NOW with Bill Moyers. He has hosted many public television programs and was also a featured co-anchor of PBS’s millennium special broadcast in 2000. He has written for The New York Times’ Book Review and Opinion sections, the Wall Street Journal opinion page, The Los Angeles Times, and Gourmet Magazine.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are available at the Durham Bulls Box Office, by phone at (919) 956-BULL or online at

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story.

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