David Lee Simmons


Communications Specialist

David Lee Simmons is an award-winning journalist and experienced communications professional. A native of Tallahassee, Fla., Simmons graduated with a degree in American Studies from Florida State University as he began his journalism career with the Tallahassee Democrat. While there he won investigative and enterprise reporting awards, before moving on to co-found the entertainment weekly “break” magazine and then a brief stint with the Elder Floridians Foundation as part of the Department of Elder Affairs.

In 1998, he moved to New Orleans, where he spent eight years as the A&E editor and (post-Hurricane Katrina) managing editor at Gambit Weekly, where he won awards for his film criticism and feature writing — including an award from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for an examination of the New Orleans film “Panic in the Streets.”

In 2006, he moved to Atlanta to become the A&E editor for Creative Loafing, managing an award-winning staff. He later served in the communications office of Atlanta Public Schools before being named (in 2011) communications director for the environmental nonprofit Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. While there he also served as the regular contributor to Atlanta’s NPR affiliate, WABE.

He returned to New Orleans in 2013 to join the entertainment staff at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, and later founded his own entertainment and culture site, PopSmart NOLA. He has been a contributor to Travel + Leisure, the New Orleans Advocate, Biz New Orleans and Louisiana Life, and is a frequent guest on John McConnell’s WLAE talk show “The Spudcast,” and has contributed a chapter for an anthology on movies in Atlanta due out in fall 2016 by UGA Press. Simmons enjoys movies, cycling, Louisiana culture and spending time with his wife, Faith Dawson, and their toddler son.

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