David Simon

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 nonfiction: 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 for five seasons from 2002 to 2008, and depicted a dystopic 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. The fourth and final season of his latest series, "Treme," about musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, will air later in 2013. In 2009, 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 does prose work for The New Yorker, Esquire and The Washington Post, among other publications.