Lewis M. Simons
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Lewis Simons is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who began reporting from Asia in 1967 as an Associated Press combat correspondent in Vietnam. He was twice more a Pulitzer finalist and has received the George Polk and numerous other journalism awards. He was an Edward R. Murrow fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

As a correspondent for the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and Knight-Rider newspapers, Simons covered the wars in Cambodia, Laos, and Bangladesh; the civil unrest in Kashmir; and the Tiananmen Square uprising and massacre in China. He has reported extensively and intensively from all the countries of Asia. He is the author of Worth Dying For, published in 1987, an account of the people power revolution in the Philippines in 1986. He is a contributing author of Crimes of War (1999), The World of Islam (2002), and Breach of Faith (2002).

Simons has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, and the Smithsonian Magazine. He is a regular contributor to the National Geographic magazine, for which he most recently reported on the genocide in Iraq. He currently is working on a book about the rise of radical Islamist movements in Southeast Asia. He and his wife Carol Simons, who is executive editor of the AARP Bulletin, live in Washington, D.C. near the National Zoo. They have three children.