Ann Simmons is the Moscow bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal and the Zubrow Distinguished Visiting Journalist in the College of Arts & Sciences for Fall 2022. Ms. Simmons served in Moscow for Time Magazine in the 1990s, where she reported on the aborted coup against then-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the ascension of Russia’s President Boris Yeltsin. She then moved to Time’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where her first beat was as a diplomatic correspondent, a role that included covering the U.S. State Department and the Middle East peace initiatives of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher. While based in Washington, Ms. Simmons also covered the intervention of U.S. forces into Haiti and was embedded in the U.S. Army when American troops were sent to the Balkans.
Ms. Simmons later joined the Los Angeles Times as bureau chief in Nairobi and Johannesburg. Her reporting on the continent took her to more than 30 African nations. Ms. Simmons was also part of a Los Angeles Times team that won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for their coverage of wildfires in Southern California.
In her role as Moscow bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, Ms. Simmons covers Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, Moscow’s relationship with Washington, and life in the former Soviet state under the authoritarian leadership of President Vladimir Putin. The bureau she manages also covers events in ex-Soviet republics, including Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.
Born and raised in London, Ms. Simmons holds a double honors Bachelor’s degree in Russian and Norwegian from the University of East Anglia and a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.