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 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. 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.