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Biography: John Simpson

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"Just a note to thank you (John Simpson) very much for chairing our debate The Road Map for peace is leading nowhere. Our postbag was full the next day and the feedback has been very positive with the audience finding the debate extremely stimulating. We are very grateful that you were able to chair for us and we very much hope there will be a future occasion in which we can work together again...."
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"Having seen John (Simpson) report from some of the world most hostile conflicts and interview some of the world leading political figures, you cant help but be in awe of a man who has literally seen and done it all before. However, to his credit, there is nothing big time about John and I have to say he was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Thoughtful, interesting, charming and with razor sharp humour to light up even the most depressing story, he talks with passion and genuine enthusiasm about the things he has witnessed over the years, resulting in people hanging on to his every word. In terms of what John provided for our event we could not have asked for anything more. It was a privilege to be in his company and I would recommend using John for almost any occasion given his knowledge and life experience."
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BBC News World Affairs editor, John Simpson is one of the UK’s most lauded and loved TV news veterans.

John’s career has spanned over four decades, and he has become one of the most revered figures in international journalism in the world.

A Cambridge University English graduate, journalism was on John’s horizon from his student days as editor of campus publication Granta.

Joining the BBC as a trainee journalist in 1966, John quickly earned a reputation as steadfast, hard-nosed and determined.

His ambition and wide-ranging interests, along with his intelligence and analytical mind, took him on a journalistic journey from one ground-breaking event to another earth-shattering global episode. Before he knew it, John was knee-deep in war zones; face to face with controversial world leaders and challenging dictators with a camera, a microphone and probing questions.

Jobs as Diplomatic Editor and presenter of the Nine O'clock News were followed by a role as a correspondent in South Africa, Brussels and Dublin, and then, in 1988, John was appointed World Affairs Editor.

"I wanted to write and thank you (John Simpson) very much for being with us last week at the Liverpool Cotton Association annual trade dinner. You did an incredible job with the wind blowing as it did and a number of Brazilians and Chinese at the back not speaking very much English which you handled with great aplomb. It was much appreciated and I would just like to say a very big thank you."
The Liverpool Cotton Association Ltd

Reporting from war-torn Afghanistan; from central Belgrade during the Kosovo crisis, and determined to stay in Serbia even when authorities expelled him, John’s tenacity and speed made him one of the most admired reporters from almost every international trouble-zone.

John’s life has hung in the balance on more than one occasion. Ordered to kneel in the road at gunpoint by a Palestinian soldier; dodging bullets in Tiananmen Square, and standing a few yards away from the detonation of a 'friendly fire' anti-tank bomb in Iraq where he witnessed the death of his translator, John is no stranger to real fear.

John has also presented current and political affairs program Simpson's World, and in 1990 he was made associate editor of 'The Spectator' magazine. After six years in the post John moved into freelance journalism and wrote a foreign affairs column for The Sunday Telegraph, as well as a handful of books, including The Wars Against Saddam; Not Quite World’s End; News from No Man’s Land, and A Mad World, My Masters.

John’s career has been peppered with luminous awards from every established organisation that hands out media awards. In 1991 and 2000 he was named Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year; in 1991 he received a CBE; he was been awarded 3 BAFTAs, a Golden Nymph Award for his reporting of Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Iran; Audio Book of the Year; an International Emmy Award for News Coverage for his report on the fall of Kabul for BBC's Ten O'Clock News and a special jury's award at the Bayeux War Correspondents Awards in 2002.

For further information or to book John Simpson, in association with his management company, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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