Julia Simon is a radio journalist and investigative business reporter.


She’s a regular contributor to NPR’s Planet Money, and you can hear her on the NPR business desk, and NPR podcasts Code Switch and Rough Translation. She’s also worked for Reveal, BBC News, Marketplace, The World and was a staff reporter at Reuters. Julia spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Nigeria, reporting on the country’s oil sector, and also spent a year as a Kuwait Excellence Scholar studying Petroleum Economics at the Sciences Po in Paris. She has passion for reporting on the Middle East, and spent six years learning Arabic. She spent two years reporting in Cairo – before and after the revolution – and was detained by the Egyptian military for her reporting. She was a Henry Luce Scholar in Jakarta, Indonesia where she was the host of a radio show broadcasting across Asia. In addition to Arabic, she speaks and reports in Spanish, Indonesian and French. She loves soccer, salsa dancing, and old Hollywood detective movies.

TWITTER: juliaradio




  • Nassef Sawiris Fellow, January - June 2009, EGYPT

  • Henry Luce Scholar, July 2010 - July 2011, INDONESIA

  • Fulbright Fellow, February 2014- April 2015, NIGERIA

  • Kuwait Excellence Scholar, August 2015 - May 2016, FRANCE

Julia Simon.jpg