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Margaret Simons (b 1960) is an Australian academic, journalist and author. Her essay Fallen Angels won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism[1]. She has written thirteen books, including co-authoring the memoirs of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.

Margaret Simons
BornMay 1960 (age 59)
The United Kingdom
OccupationJournalist, academic

Until 2017 she was director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She is currently an Associate Professor of journalism at Monash University[2].



Simons was a finalist for a Walkley Award for journalism in 2007 for the story Buried in the Labyrinth, about the release of a pedophile into the community, published in Griffith Review and her book The Content Makers – Understanding the Future of the Australian Media was longlisted for the 2008 non-fiction book Walkley Award.

She was previously the media reporter for Crikey[3] and is a regular media commentator in The Guardian[4]. For many years, she wrote the "Earthmother" gardening column for The Australian.

In 2011 Simons she was appointed as director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne[5].

In 2015 she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism for her essay Fallen Angels, published in The Monthly[1]. The essay is an investigation of sex tourism in the Philippines and the children that have been abandoned there by their Australian fathers. The award was shared with photographer Dave Tacon.

In 2017 she moved to the School of Film, Media and Journalism at Monash University.

Simons has a doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney[6] and was co-founder, with Melissa Sweet, of the community-funded news site YouComm News.[7] She lives in Melbourne.



  • The Ruthless Garden (1993)
  • The Truth Teller (1996)
  • Wheelbarrows, Chooks & Children: a gardener's life (1999)
  • Fit to Print: inside the Canberra Press Gallery (1999)
  • The Meeting of the Waters: the Hindmarsh Island affair (2003)
  • Latham's World: the new politics of the outsiders (2004)
  • The Rich and Fertile Story of Compost: resurrection in a bucket (2004)
  • The Content Makers: understanding the media in Australia (2007)
  • Faith, Money & Power: what the religious revival means for politics (2007)
  • Malcolm Fraser: the political memoirs (with Malcolm Fraser) (2010)
  • Journalism at the Crossroads: crisis and opportunity for the press (2012)
  • Kerry Stokes: self made man (2013)
  • Six Square Metres: reflections from a small garden (2015)
  • Penny Wong: passion and principle (2019)


  1. ^ a b "Margaret Simons, David Tacon « The Walkley Foundation". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Award-winning journalist Margaret Simons joins Monash Journalism". Monash University. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Content Makers - Margaret Simons on Media". The Content Makers. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Margaret Simons". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Margaret Simons new Director for the Centre for Advanced Journalism". The Melbourne Newsroom. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)