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 the European Newspapers award, was shortlisted for the British Press Award and the AOP digital award, and was honoured at the Webbys.
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 the big decisions about our editorial approach and legal considerations.
I have lectured at Oxford and elsewhere – I hold a PhD in Creative Writing from UEA and a First in English at St Peter’s College, Oxford – and I’m proud to be a Visiting Fellow in journalism 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
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