Simon Gilbert (journalist)

Simon Gilbert (born 6 June 1984) is an English journalist and author. He is a political reporter on radio and TV for the BBC working on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Midlands Today and Sunday Politics Midlands.[1]

Simon Gilbert
Simon Gilbert
Born (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984 (age 37)
EducationLiverpool University Liverpool Hope University
OccupationJournalist / Author

Previously, he was the chief reporter at the Coventry Telegraph[2] and a regular contributor to the Daily Mirror.[3][4][5]

He led the Coventry Telegraph's #bringCityhome campaign in the summer of 2014.[6] The campaign played a role in Coventry City F.C.'s return to the city following their exile at Sixfields in Northampton. Gilbert and the campaign were shortlisted at the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards 2014 in the Campaign of the Year category[7] and Gilbert won the Campaign of the Year Title at the 2014 Pride of Trinity Mirror Awards.[8] The campaign also resulted in Gilbert becoming the only regional newspaper journalist in the country to be shortlisted in the Sports Journalist of the Year category at the 2014 British Journalism Awards.[9]

His work was praised in the House of Commons by then Coventry North East MP Bob Ainsworth and the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins.[10]

Gilbert's coverage around the Ricoh Arena fiasco led to him producing a book which documents the history of the stadium project and Coventry City F.C.'s subsequent fall from grace. The book entitled Coventry City: A Club Without a Home: The Fight Behind The Sky Blues' Return from Exile is published by Pitch Publishing and was released in October 2016.[11]

In 2015, Gilbert was awarded Highly Commended prizes at the Midlands Media awards in three categories: Sports Journalist of the Year, Scoop of the Year and Campaign of the Year.[12]

In 2016 he was shortlisted for Business Journalist of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards.[13]

In 2017 he was shortlisted for Sports Journalist of the Year at the Midlands Media Awards.[14]

In 2019 he was shortlisted in two categories at the Midlands Media Awards: Television Journalist of the Year and Radio Journalist of the Year.[15] He was Highly Commended in the Radio Journalist of the Year category.[16]