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Simon Pearson is Chief Night Editor at The Times.[1]


Pearson attended Sherwood Street Junior School, Warsop, Nottinghamshire (1964-1967) and Abbotsholme School, Staffordshire (1967 – 1975).[1] Pearson lives 'with his wife, Fiona, who also works for The Times, and their three sons, in south London.'[2]


According to a biographical note:

His journalistic career has taken him from regional newspapers in England, through Hong Kong, China, Australia and the United States, to senior positions in Fleet Street. He has worked for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and The Times, which he first joined in 1986. His interest in military history was stimulated by his father, who served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.[2]
  • Chief Night Editor The Times March 1999 – Present
  • Executive Editor, The Times, March 1999 – July 2005
  • Associate Night Editor, The Daily Telegraph August 1998 – March 1999 [1]

Views on science communication

Pearson was among those consulted by the Science and the Media Expert Group, commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills:

One concern that was raised repeatedly by commentators on science journalism including academics and even one journal editor was the domination of the news agenda by stories from the weekly science and medical journals... Some linked this trend to the absence of any tradition of investigative journalism within science writing and others argued that science journalists tend to ‘go native’ and refrain from asking scientists the really tough questions. An editorial in Nature reflected the views of many commentators that science journalism needs to ‘scrutinise as well as regurgitate if it is to give science its trust'. There was some evidence that science journalists and editors are conscious of this charge. Simon Pearson, night editor of The Times, told the group that The Times are now more interested in breaking their own original stories than slavishly following what’s in the journals.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LinkedIn Simon Pearson, accessed 14 August 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hodder Simon Pearson, accessed 14 august 2013
  3. Science and the Media Expert Group Science and the Media: Securing the Future January 2010
  4. Photo here: Flickr Simon Pearson, Times Chief Night Editor Young Journalists photostream