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Keir Simmons

Keir Simmons (born 22 February 1972) is an English journalist. Since August 2012, he has been a correspondent for NBC News. He was previously UK Editor for ITN' s ITV News.

Keir Simmons
Keir Simmons reporting from the Parsons Green bombing
Simmons reporting from the Parsons Green bombing
Born (1972-02-22) 22 February 1972 (age 46)
London, United Kingdom
Alma materGoldsmiths College (University of London)


Early life and educationEdit

Simmons was born in London, England and grew up in Bristol. He was educated at Wellsway School, a state comprehensive school in the town of Keynsham in Somerset in South West England, followed by Goldsmiths College, a constituent college of the University of London, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree.[1] He has one sister, actress Mika Simmons.[2]


Keir Simmons is a Foreign Correspondent for NBC News. He appears regularly on internationally known news programmes including the TODAY show and NBC Nightly News. In 25 years of journalism Keir moved from radio to local television, ultimately becoming the UK Editor of ITV News. He has a track record of exclusives, and has interviewed world leaders and some of the most recognised figures in Hollywood. In recent years Keir has covered almost every major world story including Europe’s wave of terror attacks, the Trump Russia scandal, the selection of Pope Francis and the 2016 Olympic games. [3]

Simmons joined ITN as a reporter for IRN in 1996, before becoming a sometime general reporter on its ITV News service in 1998. While remaining with the organization he intermittently worked for Sky News, 5 News and ITV London's London Tonight. On 30 September 2010, it was announced that he would be promoted from crime correspondent to UK editor.[4][5]

In 2003, he was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award.[6]

On 16, 23 and 30 September; 7 October 2011, Simmons guest presented ITV Breakfast programme Daybreak.

On 27 August 2012, he left ITN to join NBC News as a London-based correspondent.[7]

In 2013 Simmons covered the resignation of Pope Benedict and selection of Pope Francis's for NBC's TODAY from Rome.[8]

In 2014 Simmons covered the Sochi Winter Olympics for NBC.[9]

In November 2015 he covered the Paris terror attacks.[9]

In March 2016 he covered the Brussels terror attacks for NBC News, appearing on Today, Nightly News and MSNBC.[10] In August 2016 he covered the Rio Summer Olympics for NBC's Today show.[11]

In July 2016 he was nominated for an Emmy award in the category 'Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine' for his contribution to a Dateline NBC special 'Terror in Paris'.[12]

In July 2017 he was nominated for an Emmy award in the category 'Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine' for his contribution to a TODAY Show special 'Terror in Brussels'.[13]

Simmons additionally works as a facilitator of live debates and events.[14]

On 28 June and 31 July 2017, and on 8-12 January 2018, Simmons co-hosted Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda substituting for Kathie Lee Gifford.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Keir Simmons - Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Mika Simmons". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Staff (30 September 2010). "Confirmed: ITV UK Editor Announced". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  5. ^ "ITV News appoints Keir Simmons as its new UK editor". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 11 February 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ Staff (undated). LTW – Annual Programme Statement 2003 and Programme Review 2002 (PDF format). London Weekend Television (via Ofcom). Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Keir Simmons Joins NBC News as London-Based Correspondent". Broadway World. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Papal Conclave Coverage: Broadcast and Cable Networks". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Terror Attacks in Paris". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Networks Send Anchors, Correspondents to Brussels in Wake of Terror Attacks". Retrieved 29 October 2017.
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  14. ^ "Keir Simmons - Biography and Images". TV Newsroom. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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