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Samantha Simmonds – Keynote Speaker

Broadcaster and Journalist

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Specialist Subjects

  • Moderator
  • Worlds News
  • Media and Journalism
  • Work/life balance
  • Current affairs
  • Female Empowerment

Language

  • English

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Biography

Samantha Simmonds has been a journalist and broadcaster for more than 20 years. Currently, she presents Sunday Politics on BBC One and the main World News programmes on BBC World News. She is also working on the Business programme 'Work Life' on the BBC News Channel.

Simmonds also presented on Sky News for more than a decade, anchoring coverage of some of the biggest stories of recent years. These included the murder of British MP Jo Cox, the EU referendum live from Gibraltar, several general elections, and the terror attacks in Tunisia and Brussels. She also broke the news of the sudden deaths of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, and Heath Ledger.

Samantha Simmonds revels in the challenges of handling live breaking news and dealing with the biggest events of the day such as interviewing senior politicians, business leaders, celebrities, and ordinary people often at the centre of shocking events.

Due to her unquestionable talent, Simmonds is regularly asked to speak at national and international events about her career, juggling work, motherhood and the challenges for women in the industry; alongside more topical issues including on international politics. Moreover, she has a podcast and writes for the national press on parenting and women’s issues.

Samantha Simmonds has a reputation for bringing personality, energy, warmth and humour to the corporate and motivational events she hosts or speaks at. Her conference and event experience includes hosting the launch of Verizon's 5G lab in London and compering the Qatar-UK business investment forum alongside the British and Qatari Prime Minister's. She has also hosted the regional investment fund forum for the Department of International Trade, the Sainsbury’s Living Well Forum alongside its CEO, the Police Federation Conference and Hewlett Packard’s prestigious 100 Club in Barcelona.

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