CBS News reporter Bob Simon dies at 73

Marcy Oster

CBS News and “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, who has covered nearly every major overseas conflict and news story since the late 1960s, has died.

Simon was killed Wednesday evening in a car accident in New York City. He was 73.

Simon reportedly was a passenger in a hired car that hit another car on a road in Manhattan’s West Side. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Saint Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, Reuters reported citing New York City police.

Simon is faced an outpouring of anger from the pro-Israel community in April 2012 following his report on the plight of Christians in the West Bank and Jerusalem, which focused on Israeli policies as a cause of the decline of the area’s Arab Christian population, as well as the report’s reliance on an anti-Israel Palestinian Lutheran pastor as a key source.

He had worked in the CBS Tel Aviv bureau from 1977 to 1981.

Simon, whose career in war reporting began in Vietnam, according to the Associated Press, was held captive in Iraq for 40 days in January 1991 after being captured with a CBS news team while reporting from there on the Gulf War. He wrote about the experience in his book “Forty Days” and returned to Iraq in 1993 to report on the American bombing of the country.

Simon earned 27 Emmy awards for reporting and was awarded the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, for a “60 Minutes II” report on genocide during the Bosnian War.