Samantha Simmonds

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Samantha Simmonds
Born Samantha Rose Simmonds
(1973-08-21) 21 August 1973 (age 45)
Bradford, England
Occupation Newsreader, journalist, television presenter
Notable credit(s) Five News
BBC London News
Sky News
BBC World News
World News Today
The Briefing
Business Live
GMT
BBC News
The Papers

Samantha Rose Simmonds (born 21 August 1973)[1][2][3] is an English newsreader, television presenter and journalist. She was a news anchor for Sky News until July 2016.

Early life[edit]

Simmonds was born in Bradford and grew up in Leeds[4] where she attended Leeds Girls' High School.[1] She studied for a BA at Liverpool University.[5] Whilst a student in Liverpool, she appeared as a contestant on the ITV television show Blind Date.[6] Samantha was raised in a "culturally Jewish" home

Journalism career[edit]

After gaining a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University in London in 1995,[7] 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 in 2005. While presenting that channel, she was the first British journalist to break the story of Michael Jackson's death.[8] Simmonds left Sky News in 2016, along with several other anchors, as part of a cost-saving exercise.[9] She can now be seen presenting on BBC World News, which she joined in March 2017[10].

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Grammar School at Leeds, GSAL, Leeds Grammar School, Leeds, Yorkshire, leading independent co-educational school «  The Grammar School at Leeds". gsal.org.uk.
  2. ^ "The University of Liverpool". liv.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16.
  3. ^ "'When did we become so intolerant of children?' One outraged mother says she won't apologise for her noisy brood again... after a summer of eye rolls from strangers". Daily Mail. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Samantha Simmonds • Q and A". TV Newsroom.
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS – Programmes – Breakfast – Reporters – Samantha Simmonds". bbc.co.uk.
  6. ^ "About – Samantha Simmonds". Samantha Simmonds.
  7. ^ "Samantha Simmonds". sky.com.
  8. ^ "Samantha Simmonds Sky News". Samantha Simmonds.
  9. ^ "Andrew Wilson and other Sky News anchors leave ship". The Guardian. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  10. ^ https://twitter.com/samanthabbcnews/status/843416619951013889

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