Simon Reeve is a TV presenter and New York Times bestselling author with a passion for wildlife, history, current affairs, conservation and the environment.
The presenter of numerous acclaimed BBC TV series, including Indian Ocean, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Equator, Explore, Places That Don’t Exist and Meet the Stans, Simon has travelled extensively in more than 110 countries, including troubled states in Africa, the Caucasus, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Central Asia.
For Australia, Simon’s most recent TV series, due to be broadcast during 2013, he travelled around a country the size of a continent, exploring pressing conservation and wildlife issues, meeting extraordinary people, and examining Australia’s resources boom and its environmental and social costs.
For Indian Ocean, Simon travelled around our third largest ocean for the BBC series broadcast during 2012. Starting his journey in South Africa, Simon headed up the east coast of Africa, around India and back down the western coast of Indonesia to Australia, visiting 16 countries on a journey which included frontline conflict in Mogadishu in Somalia, and the beautiful Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Tropic of Cancer was shown on the BBC in 2010, and was Simon’s third round-the-world trip exploring the tropics, the region of the planet with both the richest natural biodiversity, and the greatest concentration of human suffering.
On his travels Simon has been detained for spying by the KGB, taught to fish by the President of Moldova, tracked by terrorists, electrocuted in a war-zone and protected by stoned Somali mercenaries in Mogadishu. He’s hunted with former cannibals in South America, walked through minefields, witnessed trench warfare in the Caucasus, struggled across the country enduring the most violent conflict on the planet since WW2, and wandered through a radioactive waste dump while protected by little more than a shower curtain.
Simon’s books include Tropic of Capricorn, and The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the future of terrorism, which warned of a new age of apocalyptic terrorism, and was the first in the world on bin Laden and al Qaeda. Originally published in 1998 it has been a New York Times bestseller.
Simon has contributed to other studies into organised crime, terrorism, biological warfare and corruption. His book One Day in September: the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, was published by Faber in 2000. The film of the same name, narrated by the actor Michael Douglas, won the Oscar for best feature documentary.
Simon has received a One World Broadcasting Trust award for an “outstanding contribution to greater world understanding” and is the winner of the 2012 Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society.