IN MEMORY: Bob Simon, 1941-2015

Bob Simon. Source: CBS News Special Report on Feb. 11, 2015.

Bob Simon. Source: CBS News Special Report on Feb. 11, 2015.

American journalism has lost a legend. Bob Simon, the veteran CBS News correspondent, was killed early last evening when the cab in which he was riding was involved in a horrific crash on West Side Avenue, the New York Daily News reported.

Simon was 73. CBS broke into programming to report the news. Tributes poured in. So did expressions of the irony of it all. Simon, who was captured and held for 40 days by the Iraqi army during the Persian Gulf War in 1991, did much of his best work as a correspondent reporting on war or turmoil from the world’s hot spots.

He also was a correspondent for “60 Minutes,” recently (Feb. 8)  airing an interview with Ava DuVernay, director of the movie “Selma,” a story about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the pursuit of freedom within America’s borders.

“The Ku Klux Klan” once reigned in the “backwoods around Selma,” Simon said in introducing the segment, and people in the area “have long memories of painful times past.”

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