Simon Denyer: Why Journalism Matters

Between 1990 and 1998, Simon Denyer covered global media for The Washington Post, for which he became a foreign correspondent in 1999. For Reuters, he covered North Korea, the Gulf War and the Afghan War, and later covered riots in China, a race riot in the United States and media, human rights and violence in southern Africa. After stints with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, he returned to Washington to become a multimedia journalist with the PBS NewsHour, and later with the BBC World Service. Simon has interviewed and written about hundreds of the most powerful people in the world, including US President Bill Clinton, Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and Saudi King Abdullah.

Simon Denyer worked as a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and Reuters between 1992 and 2013. He also taught journalism at Kanto Gakuin University in Tokyo for two years (2009-10) and had the opportunity to study at Oxford University on the Amherst College Japan Fellowship. In 2013, Denyer returned to work at the American daily newspaper in the capital as Asia-Pacific Bureau Chief. He has reported extensively from Asia, including on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Gaza, the consolidation of power in Myanmar, China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and Japan’s actions in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute.

Simon Denyer has reported from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Egypt, South Africa and Tunisia, among many others, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his story in the Washington Post about the devastating effects of climate change in the world’s third-largest salmon fishing area. Simon has been in Takaka, Northland, the home of Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little and a bastion of conservative, rural New Zealand, since Tuesday. He arrived at Te Urewera when the government banned meetings at the forest for fear of “unauthorised protestors”, but the ban was lifted on Wednesday afternoon. Designed as a how-to guide on how we can live in peace with each other in a world of competing faiths and ideologies, Simon Denyer brings us news that has received little coverage in the media, but which should be of enormous concern to all who care about peace, justice and human rights. Simon Denyer’s: Twitter.