Margaret Simons is an award-winning freelance journalist and author. She is also the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and coordinator of the Masters in Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She writes on media for numerous media outlets, and has published eleven books.

Her most recent work includes  Self Made Man – a biography of the media proprietor Kerry Stokes, published by Penguin in 2013,   Journalism at the Crossroads, published by Scribe in 2012, and the book Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser and published by The Miegunyah Press in 2010. The latter book won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011.