Ted Simons '81 B.S.

Which groups or activities were you most involved in at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I was primarily involved with KAET. I was accepted into the volunteer program as a sophomore, which led to a part-time job and a subsequent broadcasting career. The Cronkite School didn’t exist back then, and I was a political science major, so KAET was my education and training ground in all things TV. It was a wonderful experience. Rewarding, too.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job?
As host and managing editor of Horizon, I have to be aware of current events and be able to process enough information on a variety of issues to ask pertinent questions of guests. These are all skills I developed as a student at ASU. Learning to read, write and think critically about new concepts and ideas is what I value most about my ASU education.

Which ASU professor(s) made a lasting impression on you and why?
I took a rather challenging philosophy class on logic from a professor named Gregory Fitch, who managed to turn what could have been a dry and mind-numbing field of study into a lively academic exercise. His energy and enthusiasm for ideas and the life of the mind was truly inspirational.

What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?
It’s encouraging to see the increased integration of ASU’s roster of scholars and researchers into the community. Many of these folks have a lot to offer outside the walls of academia. Arizona can only benefit from considering the best ideas from the best minds ASU has to offer, especially at a time when the state could use new and innovative approaches to familiar problems.

What advice would you give to today's students?
My best advice to any student is to be curious. And then let that curiosity take you to new places. Take a variety of courses from a variety of disciplines. Better yet, take courses outside of your comfort zone. What’s important is not so much what you learn, but the process of learning, and the lifetime of enjoyment that process will give. Learn to read, write, and think, and the world will find you.

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