Stephanie Simon - Arts Reporter
Stephanie Simon didn’t get paid for her first job in journalism. At age eight, she started her very own newspaper entitled The Gossip Gazette. It was quite a hit with her third grade class at Madison Avenue Elementary school in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
Today Stephanie covers art and culture in all its many forms across the five boroughs, including the visual arts, jazz, the New York Philharmonic, New York history, and everything in between.
Stephanie's foray into arts reporting began while she was a NY1 features producer in 1998. After missing a Chuck Close exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, she suggested that the newschannel increase its coverage of the city’s museums. The suggestion led her to launch the Museums Report, which was subsequently expanded into the NY1 arts beat.
Since then Stephanie has sat down with everyone from Yoko Ono, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Tom Otterness, to Wynton Marsalis, Gregg Allman, John Waters and Tony Bennett. And in January 2004 she finally made it to a Chuck Close exhibit – this one at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And yes, she did interview him as well.
Stephanie attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where she worked as a radio reporter and anchor at the school's Jazz FM radio station. After graduating with highest honors from the School of Communications and Theatre, she continued to report and anchor first for WAFL 97.7 FM in Milford, DE, then WEST 1400 AM in Easton, PA, and later WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, CT, where she helped launch the nation's first women in sports radio show, She Got Game. Stephanie also worked as a producer at WHYY TV-12 in Philadelphia-Wilmington before arriving at NY1 News as a producer in 1997.
She has earned numerous journalism awards for her work in both television and radio, including the Gracie Allen Award in 2003. She has traveled around the world and in 2005 climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
In September 2005, Stephanie founded "From the Art of New York," a charity art auction and exhibition to benefit Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. She is also on the Board of Directors of The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations.