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Ann M. Simmons

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Professional affiliation

Journalist; Moscow Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

Full Biography

Ann M. Simmons is The Wall Street Journal's Moscow Bureau Chief. She has spent almost three decades reporting from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America. Before joining the WSJ, she was a writer/editor covering global development at the Los Angeles Times, where she previously served as the newspaper’s bureau chief in Nairobi and Johannesburg. Ann was part of a team of LA Times reporters whose coverage of wildfires in Southern California won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2004. A longtime student of Russia, Ann was first based in Moscow for Time Magazine in the early 1990s, where she reported on the aborted coup against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, the rise to power of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the breakup of the USSR. Ann holds a double honors bachelor’s degree in Russian and Norwegian from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and a master's degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She was a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard in 2003, worked part-time as an adjunct professor in the journalism department at California State University, Northridge, and in 2018 was selected as the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York at New Paltz.