New York Times best-selling author Roger Simon gives the inside story of the re-election of President Barack Obama in Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Fight for the Soul of America. As chief political columnist for Politico and a syndicated writer for Creators, Simon had a front-row seat for the race, from the early days of fundraising and exploratory committees, through the Republican primary circus, and into the general campaign and the election's frenetic finish. In this collection of columns, Simon gives a vivid roadmap of the election that was, with all its twists and turns, gaffes and gambles. Read about how Obama laid the groundwork for his tech-saavy campaign years in advance and the strategic blunders that contributed to Romney's eventual defeat. "Presidential elections are reckonings of history," Simon writes. In Reckoning, the veteran campaign reporter explains what the 2012 campaign reveals about America — what it means for our future.
Roger Simon is the chief political columnist at Politico, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author.
He has won more than three dozen first-place awards and has twice won the American Society of News Editors' Distinguished Writing Award for Commentary. He has also been a runner-up for the award.
In 2015, Simon won the Dateline Award of the Society of Professional Journalists' Washington, D.C., chapter for best column. He was cited for his "thought-provoking writing, storytelling, and interviewing skills" for six columns that included an extremely prescient analysis of the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri."
In 2013, Simon won first place in the National Headliner Awards for a series of columns he wrote during the 2012 presidential campaign on the politics of gun control. The Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. Simon has won the award six times.
Also in 2013, he won a National Press Club award for his columns.
His work has been included in the anthology "America's Best Newspaper Writing" in three different years.
In reviewing a collection of his work, "Simon Says: The Best of Roger Simon," Martha Jablow of The New York Times likened him to H.L. Mencken and Russell Baker.
His first book on presidential politics, "Road Show," about the 1988 campaign, received rave reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek and Time.
Simon's book on the Clinton administration and national politics, "Show Time," hit the New York Times best-seller list on March 29, 1998.
About his book on the 2000 presidential race, "Divided We Stand," The Boston Globe said, "Simon is known for his droll humor and bracingly pithy distillations of complex issues."
In 2013, Sumner Books published Simon's fifth book, "Reckoning: Campaign 2012 and the Battle for the Soul of America."
The Associated Press has called his work "sensitive, relevant and written with understated elegance."
Simon's column, syndicated for more than 25 years, is distributed by Creators Syndicate to newspapers and other media throughout the world.
Simon has been on numerous television and radio programs, including "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," the "Today" show, "Good Morning America," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," the "Charlie Rose" show, "Reliable Sources," C-SPAN's "Booknotes" and NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show."
Based in Washington, D.C., Simon contributes articles to national magazines ranging from The New York Times Book Review to the Washingtonian to Slate.
Simon was a staff columnist at The Baltimore Sun from 1984 to 1995 and first gained renown as an investigative reporter and columnist during his 12 years at the Chicago Sun-Times.
His columns have included dateline reporting on apartheid in South Africa; the Israeli invasion of Lebanon; the U.S. invasion of Grenada; the trial of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, with whom he obtained an exclusive interview; and the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson.
Simon’s groundbreaking columns on spousal abuse earned him awards from women's groups and a change of policy from the Chicago Police Department making such abuse a crime rather than a "domestic disturbance."
Simon has also done crusading columns on gun control, immigration and the media.
Michael Kinsley once wrote that Simon's writing "balances just about halfway between Hunter Thompson and Theodore White."
In 1998, Simon 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 chief national correspondent, later becoming political editor.
Simon is a three-time winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award, a three-time winner of the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, an eight-time recipient of the Page One Award from the Chicago Newspaper Guild and also the recipient of a national writing award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
Simon has also won five United Press International Awards and four Associated Press Awards. He has won three Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards and a Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association Award, and he is a three-time winner of the Society of Professional Journalists' Maryland chapter's award.
He is a two-time winner of the Washington Monthly Journalism Award for political reporting.
When he won second place in the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award competition, the judges cited his "extraordinary ability to capture the story in terms of ordinary people."
In 1995, Simon won first-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chesapeake Associated Press.
In 2004, he won the Washington Headliner Award for magazine writing.
He joined Bloomberg News in January 2006 as its first chief political correspondent and then went to Politico to become its chief political columnist.
Simon was born in Chicago and has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He has also worked for the Waukegan News-Sun and the City News Bureau of Chicago.
Simon has covered every presidential campaign and nominating convention since 1976 and has interviewed every president from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama.
In 1999, Simon was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, whose members include Carl Sandburg, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner and Mike Royko.
Simon has been a Poynter media fellow at Yale University and a Hoover media fellow at Stanford University. In the spring of 2005, he was a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and in 2014, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.
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