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

Her most recent work includes 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. Simons is presently working on a biography of the media proprietor, Kerry Stokes.