They call me Associate Global Editor at Daily Mail Online. They also call me late at night and tell me to be on a plane in the morning.
Recently, I’ve reported on the wars in Syria and Iraq, the collapse of Venezuela, the migrant crisis in Greece, Macedonia and Sicily, and the rise of the far-Right in Finland and Germany. I’ve been on the ground for all the major terror attacks of the last two years – including those in Istanbul, Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Nice – and have reported from the wider Middle East, Africa, Latin America and the Gulf.
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). I also frequently shoot my own pictures and footage in the field.
Before I joined the Mail in 2015, I freelanced at CNN; prior to that, I was a Features Writer at the Telegraph for about three years.
It was there that I wrote my biggest piece of journalism: Meet the Settlers, a smorgasbord of digital wizardry that won the European Newspapers award, was shortlisted for the British Press Award and honoured at the Webbys.
Before joining the Telegraph, I freelanced as a Features Writer for the Times, the Guardian and the Independent. I’ve also written for POLITICO, Newsweek, La Repubblica, Haaretz and other international publications.
In addition, I write fiction. I’ve written four novels, including the bestselling The English German Girl, which I completed while gaining a PhD in Creative Writing at UEA – where I studied after my first degree at St Peter’s College, Oxford. I’m Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, and have taught at Oxford and elsewhere. Bon voyage!
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.