Joel Simon

Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists

Joel Simon has been executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists since 2006. He writes and speaks widely on press freedom issues and is the author of three books, mostly recently “We Want to Negotiate: The Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom” (Columbia Global Reports, 2018). Prior to joining CPJ in 1997 as Americas program coordinator, Simon worked for a decade as a journalist in Latin America.