Keir Simmons Joins NBC News as London-Based Correspondent
NBC News announced today that Keir Simmons has joined NBC News as a network correspondent based in London effective immediately. Simmons will report for all platforms of NBC News, including "Today," "NBC Nightly News," MSNBC and NBCNews.com.Simmons joins NBC News from ITV News, a division of the British television network ITV. Most recently, he served as UK editor from 2007 to 2012, covering major news stories including terrorism and security. In 2011, Simmons led ITV's coverage of the country's phone hacking scandal- breaking countless exclusive stories including news of the arrest of key figures and the resignation of the head of the police, Scotland Yard's Commissioner. In 2010, Simmons was the first to report that the UK government was paying millions of pounds in compensation to former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay.Prior to his role as ITV UK editor, Simmons was a crime correspondent for the network, and was one of the first journalists to cover the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. While at ITV, Simmons reported on major domestic and international stories including the 2004 tsunami, the Mumbai terror attacks, the murder of Alexander Litvinenko and the Virginia Tech massacre. Simmons began his career at the British-based news and content provider ITN, working as a radio reporter and as a news desk assistant during the 1990s. Simmons graduated with honors from Goldsmiths College, London University with a degree in media and communications.