ABOUT ME


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 collapse of Venezuela, the migrant crisis in Greece, Macedonia and Sicily, and the rise of the far-Right across Europe. I covered the terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and Nice, and have reported from the Middle East, Africa, Lain America and the Gulf. I also sometimes edit from the desk in London.
Although my background is as a writer, I often shoot my own pictures and video footage and I’ve presented many radio documentaries (and a little bit of TV) for the BBC.
I’m a regular on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent (see portfolio), and have presented TV for BBC Breakfast and others (here is my TV showreel).
Before I joined the Mail in 2015, I freelanced at CNN; prior to that, I was 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.
Last but not least, 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 Oxford. I’m also Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University, and have taught at Oxford and elsewhere. Bon voyage!

PORTFOLIO

Here is a small selection of my favourite stories.

CARACAS: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS CITY
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: ON PATROL WITH THE BORDER GUARDS
Features
DRESDEN: ‘WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE SEX JIHAD’
Features
BRUSSELS: FAR-RIGHT BOOMS AFTER ATTACKS
Features
VENEZUELA: SOCIALISTS PARTY AMID STARVATION
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

‘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.