Roger Simon is a writer and commentator, the chief political columnist of Politico. He has won more than three dozen first-place awards for journalism, and is the only person to win twice the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary. His book on the 1996 presidential race, Show Time, made the New York Times best-seller list in 1998.
Simon was born in Chicago and received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Prior to joining Politico, Simon was a reporter or columnist for several newspapers, including the Waukegan, Illinois, News-Sun, the Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Sun-Times.
In 1998, he became the White House correspondent of the Chicago Tribune and covered the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 1999, he joined U.S. News & World Report as chief political correspondent and then political editor. He joined Bloomberg News in January 2006 as its first chief political correspondent, and later joined Politico as its first chief political columnist.
In April 1999, Simon was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. Simon has been a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University, a Hoover Media Fellow at Stanford University, and a Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University.
In July 2011 Simon was nominated for an Online Journalism Award in the Commentary/Blogging, Large Site Division of the contest. Launched in 2000 and administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication, the OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.
Based in Washington, D.C., Simon contributes articles to national magazines and newspapers, and has appeared as a panelist or political analyst on numerous television and radio programs. Simon's syndicated columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers throughout the world.
In 2009, Simon underwent amputation of his right leg below the knee and his left foot after an infection led to blood poisoning. After an eight-month absence, he wrote about the ordeal with characteristic humor in his Politico column.