Marlise Simons

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Marlise Simons is a Dutch-born journalist who joined The New York Times in 1982.

She has been based in Paris since 1989, covering a range of subjects across Europe and elsewhere. Most recently she has focused on international human rights law and on trials involving war crimes and genocide at both national and international courts.


Simons has worked extensively as a journalist throughout Latin America, where she lived from 1971 to 1989, also reporting for the Washington Post.

For The New York Times, she has reported from Central and South America and the Caribbean on conflicts and political murder, torture and disappearances in Latin America.[1] She has also reported on environmental issues in the Brazilian Amazon.[2]

She currently works for the New York Times's Paris Bureau. In Europe her writing has covered political, social, cultural and environmental issues and in particular proceedings at international courts and tribunals in The Hague dealing with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. She has reported extensively on the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia[3][4] and the International Criminal Court.[5][original research?]

Personal life[edit]

Simons was born in Sittard, The Netherlands, a daughter of Jacques Simons and his wife Margaretha Deus. She is married to Alan Riding, a journalist and author, with whom she has a son, Alexander.

Awards and nominations[edit]



  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Conversations with the author Amsterdam Meulenhoff, 1986 (paperback) ISBN 90-290-2297-3
  • The Smoking Mirror: Living in Latin America Amsterdam Meulenhoff, 1987 (trade paperback) ISBN 90-290-9727-2
  • The Prosecutor and the Judge Amsterdam University Press Pallas, 2009 (with H. Verrijn Stuart) (trade paperback) ISBN 978-90-8555-023-5


  1. ^ "Book and author information for The Prosecutor and the Judge". Amsterdam University Press. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Simons, Marlise (February 19, 1989). "Brazilian Is Looking to Japan To Link Amazon to the Pacific". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Simons, Marlise (November 9, 2007). "Fiery Speech by Serbian Leader at Trial". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Simons, Marlise; Bilefsky, Dan (July 30, 2008). "Karadzic arrives in The Hague for trial despite violent protest by loyalists". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Simons, Marlise (January 18, 2010). "Star Turns at Liberian's War Crimes Trial". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Van der Hoeven, Pien (2012). Het succes van een kwaliteitskrant [The Success of a Quality Newspaper] (in Dutch). Prometheus/Bert Bakker. p. 215. ISBN 9789044623598. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cabot Prize Winners by Name, 1939-2009" (PDF). Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 6 July 2010. p. 14. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Violence Against Women: Conference Speakers". American Graduate School in Paris. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 

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