Samantha Simmonds

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Samantha Simmonds
Born Samantha Rose Simmonds
(1979-08-21) 21 August 1979 (age 35)
Bradford, England
Occupation Newsreader, journalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s) Five News
BBC London News
Sky News

Samantha Rose Simmonds (born 21 August 1979)[1][2][3] is an English newsreader, television presenter and journalist. She is currently a news anchor for Sky News.

Early life[edit]

Simmonds was born in Bradford and grew up in Leeds[4] where she attended Leeds Girls' High School.[5] She studied for a BA at Liverpool University.[6] Whilst a student in Liverpool, she appeared as a contestant on the ITV television show Blind Date.[7]

Journalism career[edit]

After gaining a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University in London in 1995,[8] 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.[9]

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