Speakers Profile - Simon Reeve

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Simon Reeve is a versatile news presenter.

Regularly appearing on Sunrise, he is best known as the roving reporter of the highly successful international program Beyond 2000 where for more than seven years he reported scientific breakthroughs and technical innovations.

Simon commenced his television career in his home state of Western Australia at TVW7 Perth in 1979. As a junior cadet he began producing and presenting live sports telecasts and in 1981, a 30-minute junior football program.

The lure of the big city drew him to London in 1982 where he worked on the sports desk of VIS NEWS, co-ordinating the coverage of stories and worldwide satellite feeds, reporting from Le Mans and also as a freelance producer for John Newcombe at the 1982 Wimbledon Championships.

In 1984 Simon joined TVW's current affairs program State Affair and in 1985 accepted an invitation from Day By Day during which time his colleagues honoured him with a certificate of commendation at the Penguin Awards.

Simon moved to Sydney in 1987 to join Beyond 2000 where his reporting highlights include breakthrough treatments for breast cancer and cellulite; watching BMW engineers tear apart new cars in the name of recycling; and playing golf on the worlds only moveable "island" green.

Simon departed Beyond 2000 in 1993 and joined Seasons. The sports profile series saw Simon interview, among others, soccer star Mark Bosnich, 500cc Motorcycle champion Mick Doohan, and tennis star Jennifer Capriati.

In 1994, Simon moved to Brisbane to work as a reporter/producer on the international series Wild Life. Following that Simon had a three-year stint on Good Medicine as a reporter looking into medical breakthroughs.

A passion for Africa saw him move to Botswana with his family in 1999, where he established Kwando Productions, and in co-production with Beyond Productions, he produced a four-part series called African Tightspots.

Simon returned to Australia in 2001 with partner Linda and daughter Stella for the birth of their second child, Sam.