Simón Rios is a reporter in WBUR's newsroom. He joined the station after two years at The Standard-Times in New Bedford, where he cut his teeth covering immigration and business as well a stint reporting on the nation’s top fishing port.
Born in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, he grew up between there and New Hampshire, graduating from Emerson College with a B.A. in writing. After college, Simón spent 17 months traveling through Latin America, hitchhiking and documenting his stories along the way.
Simón worked as a musician, carpenter’s helper and cab driver before freelancing as a reporter in New Hampshire and taking a staff reporter position in New Bedford in 2013. He has three first place awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association, plays classical guitar, and speaks Spanish in addition to working Portuguese.