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Creator, HBO's "The Wire"

David Simon: Biography at a Glance

  • Creator and writer of HBO’s award-winning series “The Wire”
  • Writer for the HBO series “The Deuce”
  • Author of the nonfiction books “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” and “The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood”
  • Co-created the HBO series “Treme” and wrote and produced “Generation Kill” and “Show Me a Hero”
  • Writes pieces for The New Yorker, Esquire and the Washington Post
  • Former crime reporter at the Baltimore Sun
Creator, HBO's "The Wire"

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. Born in Washington, he came to Baltimore in 1983 to work as a crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun. While at the paper, he reported and wrote two works of narrative non-fiction, Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood, the former an account of a year spent with the city homicide squad and the latter, a year spent on a West Baltimore drug corner.

Homicide became the basis for the NBC drama, which aired from 1993 to 1999 and for which Simon worked as a writer and producer after leaving The Sun in 1995. The Corner became an HBO miniseries and won three Emmy Awards in 2000. The Wire, a subsequent HBO drama, aired from 2002 to 2008 and depicted a dystrophic American city contending with a fraudulent drug war, the loss of its industrial base, political and educational systems incapable of reform and a media culture oblivious to all of the above.

Simon served as a writer and executive producer of HBO's Generation Kill, a miniseries depicting U.S. Marines in the early days of the Iraq conflict. Simon also co-created the HBO series Treme, following life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Treme was nominated for two Emmys, Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries and Outstanding Miniseries. Simon’s most recent project, the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, tells the story of Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko who finds himself thrust into racial controversy when a federal court orders to build a small number of low-income housing units in the white neighborhoods.

Simon also does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust

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National Press Club

“Splendid. We had a full house -- over 500 people -- and they gave him a standing ovation.”

Professor of Humanistic Studies, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

“We were also very moved by David’s call, in his keynote talk, for civil disobedience. This will be an important theme for the institute and we are grateful that he sounded that call.”

University of California, Los Angeles

“The students loved it, especially the meet & greet. A bunch of people showed up from our school - students, faculty, and staff.”

The University of Baltimore School of Law

“David was really excellent. The crowd loved him and especially appreciated his candor.”

University of Maryland

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