Debra Adams Simmons

Debra Adams Simmons
Executive Editor, Culture, National Geographic Magazine
Panel: Building Cultural Resilience

Debra Adams Simmons is executive editor for culture at National Geographic magazine where she manages coverage of the lived experiences of people around the globe. Debra was a 2016 fellow of Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Before that, she spent several years as the managing editor and editor of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper before joining its parent company, Advance Local, as a vice president. A 30-year news veteran, Debra has extensive reporting, editing, and senior news management experience. She has served as the Associated Press Media Editors president and been on the boards of directors of the International Women’s Media Foundation and the American Society of News Editors. Debra graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and its College of Arts & Sciences, where she serves on the board of visitors.