Margaret Simons is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience in journalism research and teaching. She was the founding chair and remains a board member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, which was established in 2009 at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research to promote and enable innovation in public interest journalism.
Associate Prof Simons is the author of 13 books. Her co-authored biography, Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs (2010), won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011. Her unauthorised biography Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man was published by Penguin in 2013, nominated for best non-fiction book at the 2014 Walkley Awards, and won the history prize in the WA Premier’s Literary Awards.