I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. Currently Associate Editor at Daily Mail Online, I am sent to cover foreign stories as well as UK and European politics.
Formerly I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, and have worked as a freelancer for the Times, the BBC, CNN, the Guardian and others. I’ve also written for POLITICO, Newsweek, La Repubblica and other international publications.
I report extensively from overseas. Recently I’ve covered the collapse of Venezuela, the migrant crisis in Greece, Macedonia and Sicily, the rise of the far-Right in Finland and Germany and the conflict in Syria. I’ve also been on the ground for all the recent terror attacks in Europe, including those in Stockholm, Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels, Nice and Paris, as well as Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.
While at the Sunday Telegraph, I wrote my most ambitious piece of journalism. Entitled Meet the Settlers, this smorgasbord of longform digital wizardry won the European Newspapers award, was shortlisted for the British Press Award and honoured at the Webbys.
I have had a particular impact covering anti-Semitism in British politics. In 2015, I published a series of articles exposing Jeremy Corbyn’s links with anti-Semitic figures, and this led to what is now known as the ‘Labour anti-Semitism scandal’.
My job also involves periods in which I lead the Daily Mail Online coverage from London, editing the homepage, writing headlines, overseeing pictures and taking charge of our entire output, including our response to breaking news.
I’ve presented numerous radio documentaries for the BBC, and I’m a regular on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent (see portfolio). I review the newspapers for Sky News, and have presented TV for BBC Breakfast and others (here is my TV showreel).
In addition, I’m a novelist. I’ve written four books, including the bestselling The English German Girl, which I completed while gaining a PhD in Creative Writing at UEA – where I studied after gaining a First in English at St Peter’s College, Oxford.
I have lectured in journalism and creative writing at Oxford and elsewhere, and am proud to be a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.
Here is a selection of my favourite stories.
Includes clips from BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Fox News and Daily Mail Online.
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.
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.
‘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
For enquiries concerning my novels, please contact my agent, Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates. For anything else, please use the contact form below.