Over the past decade, Jeff Semple has kept Canadians informed about major events happening across Canada and around the world; from Capitol Hill in Washington and Westminster in London, to Jerusalem and the West Bank, to the skies above Romania on board a NATO AWACS plane conducting surveillance of the Ukrainian border. Semple brings an abundance of experience to the Global National team as Europe Bureau Chief.
Prior to joining Global, Semple worked as a reporter with CBC News based in London, England. As a multi-skilled video journalist, Semple shot, edited and produced his own live reports and packaged stories. His recent coverage included the Charlie Hebdo massacre and hostage-takings in Paris, the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps and the Greek debt crisis in Athens.
After graduating from the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto, Semple joined the CBC as a reporter in Ottawa. He helped lead the CBC Ottawa team to a Gemini for ‘best local newscast,’ and received an award for excellence from the Canadian Medical Association for his series on a small town’s struggle with a string of teen suicides. Semple joined CBC Toronto as a lead reporter and video journalist in 2011, and was a fixture in front of the office of Mayor Rob Ford during the crack cocaine scandal.
Semple moved to London as a freelancer in 2013, travelling across Europe and Asia and reporting for a number of international broadcasters. His reports have appeared on CNN, Sky News and the BBC.
Semple is an avid drummer and is constantly resisting the urge to tap and drum on just about everything.