An intelligent voice in a world of flighty noisemaking
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I've been working in public radio, local and national, since 1982. I've hosted NPR's Weekend All Things ConsideredWeekend Edition Sunday, and Performance Today, as well as the independent documentary series Soundprint, the Baltimore Symphony Casual Concerts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Series, World of Opera, and the Spoleto Chamber Music Series. I've also anchored countless live broadcasts, including the 2008 Inaugural Concert in Washington, D.C., concerts from the Aspen Music Festival, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and Toast of the Nation, ringing in the New Year live from Paris. At NPR they used to call me "one-take Simeone" because I rarely flubbed a line!

I began my career at WBJC in Baltimore and WETA in Washington, D.C. During my ten years at Baltimore's WJHU, I developed a loyal following for my unusual mix of programming — classical, folk, and jazz, along with provocative reports, interviews, and call-in shows on a wide variety of topics, everything from anthropology to neuroscience to philosophy to politics. (But I confess that my favorite reports were on bocce, The Hon Man of Baltimore, and the virtues of a well-fitting bra!) Throughout, I've also done narration, voice-overs, and live hosting for PBS, Discovery, the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Opera, and other organizations.

I've written on fashion, design, architecture, travel, history, and the arts for Style MagazineUrbanite, and City Paper, and for several years wrote book reviews and op-eds for the Baltimore Sun. I'm a graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis (the so-called "Great Books school") and received my M.A. in non-fiction from the the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University. When I'm not doing radio, I lead tours at several historic houses and sites in Baltimore.

Here I am in studio with opera superstar Plácido Domingo, with whom I used to sometimes work.