Simon Denyer has experience of covering hard news on the global stage, while also juggling breaking international events with the more headline-grabbing stories that arise in every host country. For his reporting on the situation in Syria, Denyer was the recipient of the prestigious Nieman Journalism Award and has won many other international prizes for his reporting on politics, the environment and public policy. Simon Denyer worked for the ABC in Australia and CBS News in the United States before coming to The Washington Post as an associate editor.
In 2018, in partnership with University of London International Programmes, Simon hosted a seminar on foreign correspondents covering climate change for Japanese journalists. The seminar gave a platform to discuss and debate how foreign correspondents cover climate change, including the unique challenges of reporting from rapidly changing parts of the world.
Simon’s presentation highlighted that foreign correspondent have a unique opportunity to show how the effects of climate change are felt by people throughout the world. He urged the Japanese media to start seeing the climate change as a global story and recognise that it is a global phenomenon that has a direct impact on people all over the world.
Simon Denyer: It’s unusual to be honored for your work as a news reporter but that is how I define myself. I have spent decades reporting on global politics and economy as a reporter for The Washington Post, Reuters and Bloomberg News and am proud to have won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for a groundbreaking investigation into the problem of climate change.
Simon: That honor, along with a trailblazing book that I co-wrote with Dr. James Hansen, the former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “Into the Storm” – the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film, “The Post” – has only confirmed what I believe to be the most powerful element of my work exposing the stories of those who are most affected by the human choices we make.
Simon Denyer, with the help of colleagues Geoff Menk and Steven Mufson, wrote a series of stories exploring how the absence of ice from the poles in the middle of the 21st century would affect the global fish catch, the current links between nuclear power and energy, and the future of global temperatures.