Keir Simmons (born 22 February 1972) is an English journalist. He has served as the Senior International Correspondent for the NBC morning show Today since December 2018. He also appears regularly on the evening broadcast NBC Nightly News, and fills in as an anchor on MSNBC.
|Born||22 February 1972|
|Education||Goldsmiths College (University of London)|
|Spouse(s)||Jessica Binns (m. 2012)|
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 and St Brendans College, a state Catholic school, followed by Goldsmiths College, a constituent college of the University of London, where he earned a bachelor's degree.
Simmons's first job in journalism was as a court reporter covering murders and scandals in London at one of the world’s oldest court, The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, commonly referred to as Old Bailey. Simmons then moved into radio, joining ITN as a reporter for UK’s Independent Radio News (IRN) in 1996, before becoming a general reporter on its ITV News service in 1998.
While at ITV, Simmons reported on major domestic and international stories including the 2004 tsunami, the Mumbai terror attacks, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and the Virginia Tech massacre. He was one of the first journalists to cover the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
In 2010, Simmons was the first to report that the UK government was paying millions of pounds in compensation to former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay.
In 2011, Simmons led ITV's coverage of the country's phone hacking scandal, breaking countless exclusive stories including news of the arrest of key figures and the resignation of the head of the police, Scotland Yard's Commissioner.
While working as a reporter for ITV News, Simmons occasionally made on-air appearances on Sky News, 5 News, and ITV London's London Tonight. In September and October 2011, he guest presented on ITV Breakfast program Daybreak.
NBC News (2012 - present)Edit
Since joining NBC News, Simmons has had a track record of exclusive and prominent interviews. He 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 Summer Olympics, as well as interviews with many world leaders and some of the most recognized figures in Hollywood.
In March 2016, he covered the Brussels terror attacks for NBC News, appearing on Today, Nightly News and MSNBC.
In July 2017, Simmons covered the fiery protests across Hamburg, Germany in response to the G20 Summit held there. His coverage was intense, reporting while running from a water cannon and streaming on Facebook Live.
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'.
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'.
In 2012, Simmons married Jessica Binns. Their twin daughters, Ilia and Arianna, were born later that year.
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