ABOUT ME


I am an award-winning British journalist and novelist. Currently Associate Editor at Daily Mail Online, I cover foreign stories as well as UK and European politics – and I’ve written four novels, including the bestselling The English German Girl.
Formerly I was a Features Writer at the Sunday Telegraph, where I wrote one of the pieces of journalism of which I am proudest. Entitled Meet the Settlers, the longform multimedia story won or was shortlisted for a range of awards, including the British Press Award.
I have presented numerous documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and I appear regularly on From Our Own Correspondent. I also review the newspapers on Sky News and have presented TV for BBC Breakfast and others.
As a freelancer, I have worked for the Times, the Independent, the Guardian and others as well as international outlets including CNN, POLITICO, Newsweek and La Repubblica.
In my current role, I report extensively from overseas. Recently I’ve covered 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 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.
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’.
I am also part of a small team of senior editors who take it in turns to lead the Daily Mail Online coverage from London. This involves overseeing headlines and picture selection; curating the homepage in response to analytics and news events; managing our coverage of breaking news; and taking decisions about our editorial approach and legal considerations.
I have lectured at Oxford and elsewhere – I hold a First in English from St Peter’s College, Oxford and a PhD in Creative Writing from UEA – and I’m proud to be a Visiting Fellow in journalism at Bournemouth University.

PORTFOLIO

Here is a selection of my favourite stories.

VENEZUELA: COLLAPSE OF A SOCIALIST UTOPIA
Reportage
THREE-PART SERIES: ‘WAITHOOD’
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: INSIDE INTERPOL
Radio
30-MINUTE PROGRAMME: LIFE AS A DETECTIVE
Radio
WEST BANK: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
SIERRA LEONE: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
GHANA: FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT
Radio
HOW WASHINGTON OWNS THE UK’S NUKES
Politics
HOW INTERPOL GOT INTO BED WITH FIFA
Politics
THE ROYAL FAMILY AND THE HITLER SALUTE
Politics
LABOUR’S HAMAS CONNECTION
Politics
CAMERON’S HUMAN RIGHTS ACT FACEPLANT
Politics
CORBYN AND THE HOLOCAUST DENIER
Politics
LYON: WHO POLICES THE WORLD’S POLICE?
Features
LONDON: IN THE SHADOW OF THE DARK WEB
Features
MACEDONIA: PATROLLING WITH BORDER GUARDS
Features
DRESDEN: ‘WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE SEX JIHAD’
Features
INVESTIGATION: INSIDE IRAN’S SECRET SYRIA HQ
Features
CARACAS: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS CITY
Features
WEST BANK: MEET THE SETTLERS
Reportage
FINLAND: THE SOLDIERS OF ODIN
Reportage
GREECE-MACEDONIA: ILLEGAL CROSSING
Reportage
SICILY: WELCOME TO THE NEW LESBOS
Reportage
ISRAEL-SYRIA BORDER: SAVING JIHADIS
Reportage
PARIS: THE SILENCE AFTER THE BLOODSHED

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Awards

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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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All rights reserved. Background picture by David Rose, Hebron 2013. JWS portrait by Imogen Simons, 2016.