Artists & Interviewers
David Simon, the former investigative reporter of Maryland’s largest general-circulation newspaper, ‘The Baltimore Sun’, is also the producer of some of the grittiest ‘cop’ shows ever seen on television. Through his works he presented the stories of the forgotten combatants in the nation’s long-fought war on drugs in a realistic and gut-wrenching manner. He is also well-known for his best-selling novels, ‘Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets’ and ‘The Corner: A Year in the life of an Inner-City Neighborhood’. These were later used as stencils for two of his most popular shows on television, ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’ and ‘The Wire’. For his works, Simon had to forge ties with the police, drug-dealers and local residents, whom he used as source of information for crime reporting and also as inspiration for many true life stories. Although he was an underachiever at school, Simon rose to prominence in the field of journalism and became a prominent crime-reporter. His shows and novels have been the recipients of many prestigious awards, earning him international fame and repute. Simon started to gear up for life outside ‘The Wire’ when he was signed on to write HBO’s miniseries, ‘Generation Kill’. Currently, he also writes for ‘The New Yorker’, ‘Esquire’ and ‘The Washington Post’ among other publications.