Simon Willis

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Simon Willis is a British journalist, who worked for BBC Look North (North East and Cumbria) from 1983 until 1999 as a reporter and presenter before moving to BBC Scotland as a reporter and presenter on Newsnight Scotland until 2009.

Willis works as a freelance TV cameraman photographer and media consultant. He trains businesses and third sector organisations on improving their appearances on television and radio. He also teaches business teams how to shoot and edit their own videos for social media using their smartphones, all though his business Sunart Media which based in the Sunart area of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the Scottish Highlands. He shot and produced the multi award winning series of sea kayak coaching films with Gordon Brown

He is an active Trustee of the charity Highland Openwater Swim to which his main contributions are photography, video and media.

He has blogged since July 2006 and is a regular contributor of articles and photographs to newspapers and magazines including TGO (The Great Outdoors), a monthly consumer publication for hillwalkers and backpackers, specialising in writing about the practice and equipment associated with lightweight hiking. He won the Travelex Award for travel writing.

In 2002 he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and in has published an account of the adventure titled Day by Day on the Pacific Crest Trail.

In 2006 Willis began Podcasting interviews with Sea Kayakers about expeditions, favourite routes and issues of interest.

In the summer of 2008, Willis undertook a sea kayak expedition along the West Coast of Scotland to research and create the UK's first long distance Sea Kayak Trail. His guidebook, Scottish Sea Kayak Trail is published by Pesda Press.

Simon Willis was previously married to former BBC Look North presenter Wendy Gibson. He remarried in 2005.

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