|Born||Samantha Rose Simmonds
21 August 1979
|Occupation||Newsreader, journalist, television presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||Five News
BBC London News
Simmonds was born in Bradford and grew up in Leeds where she attended Leeds Girls' High School. She studied for a BA at Liverpool University. Whilst a student in Liverpool, she appeared as a contestant on the ITV television show Blind Date.
After gaining a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University in London in 1995, she worked as a reporter for local radio in Yorkshire before moving to London for a job as a producer on Channel Five News. She was later a presenter on BBC Breakfast and spent two years reporting and presenting BBC London's news programmes before joining Sky News. She was the first British journalist to break the story of Michael Jackson's death while presenting Sky News at Ten.
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