Simon helped to invent the modern
alternative newsweekly when he founded
The Syracuse New Times.
It is now one of the oldest alternative newspapers in the country. Simon
led the weekly for 11 years as it gained regional prominence for its
coverage of arts and entertainment, media, business and politics.
The Syracuse paper and another weekly founded by Simon, The Ithaca New Times,
have received hundreds of awards for journalistic excellence.
selling the newspapers, Simon worked as an editorial and publishing
consultant for a wide range of companies and organizations, including the
National Consumer Cooperative Bank, the Connecticut Commission on the
Arts, the Connecticut Film Commission, and United Technologies
Corporation. During that time he wrote a weekly newspaper series on the
legacy of urban renewal in his hometown that won the Amos Tuck/Champion
Award for Economic Understanding. He also authored
The New England Handcraft Catalog
(Globe Pequot Press), a widely acclaimed book on leading New England
artisans and their work.
Since starting SimonPure Productions,
Ken Simon has produced, written and directed numerous
entertainment programs, and
video. Programs include Colt: Legend & Legacy, a biography of
gun manufacturer Samuel Colt; Left to Die, the story of the
Navy’s scandalous loss during World War II of the USS Juneau and its
crew; Schemitzun!, portraying the country’s biggest celebration of
Native American music and dance; USS Nautilus, on the first
nuclear sub and its role in both the Cold War and civilian nuclear power.
and The Mark of Uncas, an HDTV
documentary on the history of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut.
He also produced the PBS pledge concerts Carole King: A New Colour In
The Tapestry and A Tribute To Harry Chapin and was
post-production producer for PBS of The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over.
has also created many programs broadcast statewide on
Connecticut commercial and public television stations, including
nine documentaries in The Connecticut Experience series, which has
been recognized by the Federation of State Humanities Councils as the best state
humanities project in the nation. His programs have won many regional and
including three Emmy awards, 17 Emmy nominations and the American Bar
Association Silver Gavel for Legal Reporting.
In the 1980s, Simon cofounded the Down on the Farm contemporary
craft gallery on his family's
old farm in Connecticut.
He is the Chairman of the East Haddam Green Committee, charged with
developing local initiatives that support healthy and sustainable
living. He is also a member of the
Buy CT Grown
Advisory Team, which connects Connecticut
consumers with Connecticut-grown products.