Simon Jenkins was born in June 1943. He studied at the University of Oxford before going into a career in journalism and writing.
He currently writes columns for both the Guardian and the Evening Standard, and was previously editor at The Times from 1990 to 1992. In 1998 he was named as the What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year, and in 2004 he received a knighthood for services to journalism.
He has written several books on politics, history and architecture, including England's Thousand Best Churches and England's Thousand Best Houses, and A Short History of England . In 2008 he was made chairman of the National Trust.