Jeffrey Simpson

BAH Political Studies and History; LLD
Graduation Year: 
1971 and 2005

The national affairs columnist of The Globe and Mail and author of eight books, Jeffrey Simpson’s interests in politics and journalism were honed at Queen’s, both inside the classroom and out.  For four years, he was an on-air broadcaster for CFRC Radio and co-hosted a weekly news show on international and national affairs and then started calling the Gaels football games, making a name for himself as “The Voice of the Golden Gaels.”   He also got involved in campus governance, becoming one of the first elected student representatives on University Senate.  As an alumnus, Simpson continued to contribute to Queen’s governance, sitting on University Council and on the Board of Trustees.  Simpson began writing for The Globe and Mail in 1974, first covering the city hall beat in Toronto, then moving on to Quebec politics.  In 1977, he became a member of the paper’s Ottawa bureau.  Still based in Ottawa, he has been the newspaper’s national affairs columnist since 1984.