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Roger Simon joins Rivet Radio for exclusive interview on life and near-death experience

Terri Lydon


Press Release: May 30, 2014

Roger Simon joins Rivet Radio for exclusive interview on life and near-death experience

Politico reporter recounts Obama’s inspiring words after amputation


CHICAGO – Politico’s chief political columnist and Hall of Fame reporter Roger Simon opens up to Rivet Radio’s Charlie Meyerson in the latest edition of Panorama, Rivet’s exclusive long-form interview show.

Simon, whose career as political reporter dates back to the bicentennial and who memorably covered President Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal for the Chicago Tribune, shares the story of his near-fatal blood infection and subsequent double amputation in 2009.

In this episode of Panorama, which goes live on the Rivet mobile app for iOS devices today, Simon recounts the Oval Office interview President Obama granted him after his surgery.

“President Obama said to me, ‘The next time I see you at the White House, you’ll be walking.’ … And I was,” Simon said. “It didn’t make me take it any easier on him, but it was an emotional moment.”

For the complete interview, visit here or search “Roger Simon” on the Rivet Radio app to add it to your news playlist.

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About HearHere Radio

HearHere Radio Inc. is an angel-stage company building a news radio experience for today’s mobile consumer. The company’s flagship app, Rivet News Radio, is designed to deliver personalized local, national and world news directly to smartphone users. The Rivet app is currently available for the iPhone and can be downloaded here.


About Charlie Meyerson

Meyerson is Rivet’s head of news strategy, an award-winning Chicago journalist — in radio, newspapers, online and television — for more than three decades. Like Simon, he’s a member of the Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.