ABOUT ME

Jake Wallis Simons is an award-winning British multimedia journalist and novelist. As Associate Global Editor for the Daily Mail Online, he covers mainly foreign stories. In addition, he is a commentator for Sky News and a broadcaster for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.
He has written four novels, including the bestselling The English German Girl, which tells the story of the Kindertransport. It won the Fiction Uncovered prize and received widespread critical praise, with the late Sir Martin Gilbert calling it ‘a powerful evocation of a bygone era’.
As a journalist, Jake has reported from all over Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He is known for his multimedia approach, combining writing for digital and print with Facebook Live, photography and appearances on television and radio.
Jake has been on the ground for major breaking news stories such as the Bataclan attack in Paris, the fall of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the collapse of Venezuela and the terror attacks in Sri Lanka. He’s written on the war in Syria, the global Sunni-Shia power struggle, the European migration crisis and the rise of the far-Right in Scandinavia. He has also conducted many foreign investigations, such as tracking down Adolph Eichmann’s Nazi sons in Argentina and exposing the ‘essay factories’ of Nairobi.
Jake has presented numerous radio documentaries for the BBC on a variety of subjects, including private detectives and Interpol, as well as television for BBC Breakfast. In addition, he appears regularly on for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent.
Jake has also broken a number of political stories. In 2015, he was the first journalist to expose Jeremy Corbyn’s links to various extremists and conspiracy theorists, including Holocaust denier Paul Eisen. Among other key disclosures, in August 2018 he revealed Mr Cornyn’s comments that British Zionists ‘don’t understand English irony’, which dominated national headlines.
Formerly, Jake was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, where he wrote Meet the Settlers, a longform multimedia story that won and was shortlisted for a range of awards, including the British Press Award.
As a freelance writer, he has worked for the Times and Sunday Times, the Independent, the Guardian and others as well as international outlets including CNN, POLITICO, Newsweek and La Repubblica.
Jake holds a First in English from St Peter’s College, Oxford, and a PhD in Creative Writing from UEA, and has lectured at Oxford and elsewhere. He is a judge for the Reuters News Fixer Award, and a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.

PORTFOLIO

Here is a selection of my favourite exclusives.

CORBYN’S LINKS WITH HOLOCAUST DENIER REVEALED
Corbyn
Sri Lanka: First pictures of suicide bomber brothers
Top
Nairobi: The essay factories that sell papers to UK students
Top
NIGERIA: BOKO HARAM THREATENS EUROPE
Features
HONDURAS: ‘LOST TRIBE’ OF BRITONS ON ISOLATED ISLAND DISCOVERED
Top
SIERRA LEONE: DOWNTON ABBEY CHARITY FAIL
Features
ARGENTINA: FATE OF EICHMANN’S NAZI SONS REVEALED
Top
ZIMBABWE: MUGABE’S SECRET MANSION
Reportage
HUNGARY: HERO WHO SAVED SOROS REVEALED
Reportage
CATALONIA: FASCIST SALUTES IN BARCELONA
Analysis
FIRST CCTV OF NOVICHOK MURDER SUSPECTS
Reportage
CORBYN SAYS BRITISH ‘ZIONISTS’ DON’T GET ENGLISH IRONY
Top
JEWISH WOMAN NEEDS POLICE PROTECTION AT CORBYN EVENT
Corbyn
CORBYN SAYS ISRAEL DICTATES SPEECHES MADE BY MPs
Corbyn
TUNISIA ‘PEACE CONFERENCE’ WAS HAMAS HATE-FEST
Corbyn
CORBYN MEETS TERRORISTS IN PARLIAMENT
Corbyn
CORBYN ‘MISLED MPs’ OVER MEETING WITH HOLOCAUST DENIER
Corbyn
THREE-PART SERIES: ‘WAITHOOD’
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: INSIDE INTERPOL
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: LIFE AS A DETECTIVE
Radio
PARIS: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
ISRAEL: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
ST MAARTEN: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
HOW WASHINGTON OWNS THE UK’S NUKES
Analysis
HOW INTERPOL GOT INTO BED WITH FIFA
Analysis
DRUG LEGALISATION: A QUESTION OF TIME
Analysis
LABOUR’S HAMAS CONNECTION
VENEZUELA EXPOSES THE DEPRAVITY OF FAR LEFT
Analysis
THE WORLD HAS TURNED ON THE LADY OF BURMA
Analysis
LYON: WHO POLICES INTERPOL?
Features
MACEDONIA: CROSSING WITH ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
Reportage
CARIBBEAN: TRUMP’S MANSION DESTROYED
Features
CARACAS: INTERVIEW WITH A KIDNAP GANG
WEST BANK: MEET THE SETTLERS
Features
CARIBBEAN: THE HORROR OF HURRICANES
Reportage
VENEZUELA: COLLAPSE OF A SOCIALIST UTOPIA AS FOOD RUNS OUT
Top
ISRAEL-SYRIA BORDER: SAVING JIHADIS
Features
FINLAND: MEET THE MIGRANT HUNTERS
Reportage
PARIS: THE SILENCE AFTER THE BLOODSHED

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Awards

6

BBC docs presented

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Novels

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PhD

 

TV SHOWREEL

Includes clips from BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Fox News and Daily Mail Online.

MODUS OPERANDI

WRITING

First and foremost, I’m a writer. Over the years, I’ve written reportage, features, columns, blogs and reviews for all the UK’s broadsheets.

PRESENTING

I’ve presented six docs for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, and appeared regularly on From Our Own Correspondent. I’ve presented TV for the BBC too.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Taking my own pictures makes me a more agile journalist. I also use a GoPro camera to capture dramatic footage that complements my stories.

ONLINE

I created an award-winning digital feature at the Telegraph, and I’m a senior editor at Daily Mail Online – the biggest newspaper website in the world.

NOVELS

‘THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL kept me up at night… Amazing’ –Guardian

‘THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL is fascinating and moving’ –Monica Ali

‘JAM is a skilful road rage novel that looks at Britain through a motorway microcosm… Wallis Simons is so good at the drama of car interiors’ –Telegraph

‘Jake Wallis Simons will surely prove a name to remember’ –Beryl Bainbridge

JAM
A contemporary novel set entirely in a traffic jam on the M25, 2014
THE ENGLISH GERMAN GIRL
Bestselling WWII novel, 2011
THE PURE
A thriller about Mossad and the Iranian nuclear programme, 2012

Contact

For enquiries concerning my novels, please contact my agent, Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates. For anything else, please use the contact form below.

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