Rod Simons, a sports broadcaster who once worked at Tacoma-based KSTW, died Monday of an apparent heart attack while covering the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida, according to multiple reports. He was 56.
Simons, a nine-time Emmy winner, was a longtime Twin Cities sportscaster, but got his start in the Northwest. He graduated from Washington State University and worked for Fox Sports Northwest, KOIN-TV in Portland, KIVI-TV in Boise, KVEW-TV in the Tri-Cities and KJR and KVI radio in Seattle.
In the 1980s, Simons worked at KSTW, a station founded by The News Tribune, when the channel produced its own local news programing.
Simons is survived by his wife, Pam, and daughter, Annie.