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Ex-KSTW anchor Simons dies at 56

Rod Simons in a 1993 picture from his days working at Tacoma-based KSTW.
Rod Simons in a 1993 picture from his days working at Tacoma-based KSTW. File

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.

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