Olympian – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Two Silver Medals and One Bronze Medal
Diane Simpson, a 1988 Olympian, won two golds, two silvers and a
bronze medal in the Pan American Games and was inducted into the
USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, Class of 2004. She covered
gymnastics at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where
she was NBC’s expert for gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and
trampoline. In addition, she served as a Turner Sports commentator at
the 1998 Goodwill Games.
Simpson worked most recently as a media services and events specialist at the College of
American Pathologists – the physicians who diagnose and treat patients through laboratory
medicine – and was named Illinois press director for Sen. John Kerry for President in 2004.
She covered high school sports and news elections for the Chicago Sun-Times for nearly a
decade and contributed to the monthly publication Chicago Hospital News. She continues to
volunteer her time as the Olympian speaker and Secretary on the Board of Directors for the
national Female Athlete Triad Coalition, a collaboration of health professionals dedicated to
promote ways to address issues of disordered eating behaviors, hormonal irregularities and poor
bone health in female athletes.
Simpson has worked in the past as a television news reporter in South Carolina, a Chicago news
writer for WMAQ-Channel 5 and WFLD-TV FOX 32, a radio sportscaster for the “Score” and
WMVP-1000 in Chicago and as a 1996 Olympics correspondent. She was an assistant sports
producer for Chicago Bears coverage for WFLD in the mid-1990s. And she is a past deputy
press secretary for a U.S. senator and an accredited national-level judge for USA Gymnastics
with more than 15 years experience.
Simpson ranked among the top three rhythmic gymnasts in the United States from 1985-1992,
competed in four world championships and was named “Miss Moscow News 1988” before she
graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a double maj