ABOUT ME


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, NewsweekLa 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.

PORTFOLIO

Here is a 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
INVESTIGATION: INSIDE IRAN’S SECRET SYRIA HQ
Features
VENEZUELA: COLLAPSE OF A SOCIALIST UTOPIA
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

6

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.