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Keynote: Scott Simon


Lakeside welcomes Scott Simon, one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters, to Hoover Auditorium for a lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 25. Following his keynote presentation, Simon will be signing books in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium. Bring a book or memento for him to sign or pick up a copy of one of his books at The Fine Print bookstore. Limited books are available. 

Simon is the host of “Weekend Edition Saturday” and is one of the hosts of NPR’s morning news podcast “Up First.” He has reported from all 50 states, five continents and covered 10 wars. His books have chronicled war and peace, sports and art, and tragedy and comedy.  

Simon has won every major award in broadcasting, including Peabody, Emmy, Columbia-DuPont, Ohio State Award, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Sidney Hillman Award. 

Simon has hosted many television specials, including PBS’s “State of Mind,” “Voices of Vision” and “Need to Know.” “The Paterson Project” won a national Emmy, as did his two-hour special from the Rio Earth Summit meeting.  

He has appeared as a guest and commentator on many major networks, including BBC, NBC, CNN and ESPN.  

Simon has contributed articles to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times of London and The Guardian among other publications. He won a James Beard Award for his story, “Conflict Cuisine,” in Gourmet News. 

Simon attended the University of Chicago and has received numerous honorary degrees. He and his wife, Caroline Richard Simon, have two daughters, Elise and Paulina. His hobbies are books, theater, ballet, British comedy, Mexican cooking and “bleeding for the Chicago Cubs.”  

Simon is a native of Chicago and received the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois in 2016, the state’s highest honor. 

Live stream this presentation!
New this summer, Lakeside is proud to provide live-stream access for select keynote speaker presentations. For a $40 fee, get online access to 5 keynote speaker presentations – Dr. Adam Met (June 27), Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (July 5), Dr. Jemar Tisby (July 11), Scott Simon (July 25) and Jim Tressel (Aug. 3). Season Chautauqua Passholders receive FREE access to these summer live-streams. View details and register at

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Jul 25, 2023


8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 25, 2023
  • Time: 8:00 pm




Hoover Auditorium
Hoover Auditorium
115 West 3rd Street, Lakeside, Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA
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