Fellows & Editors


Barry Simmons

Fellows Fall 2006
WTVF-TV, Nashville
Find me on:

Barry Simmons is a former television journalist whose reporting in Kenya during his IRP fellowship won him two regional Emmys. Barry later expanded one of those stories -- about a Vanderbilt med student building a health clinic in his village --  into a feature-length documentary. The film, "Sons of Lwala," drew the attention of CNN and ABC News and helped to raise more than $400,000 for the clinic. It has also won several film festival awards, as well as the CINE Golden Eagle and Grand Jury Awards. In January 2009, after screening the film throughout the U.S., Barry returned to Kenya to show the documentary in the village. He is currently preparing "Sons of Lwala" for television broadcast.

As a journalist, Barry won 9 regional Emmys and twice received the Edward R. Murrow award. Now an independent filmmaker based in Nashville, Barry splits his time directing commercial projects and developing other documentaries. 

Post-IRP Stories


Your donation helps continue the IRP's work to inform the public about international issues.

Make A Gift

Are you a Journalist?

Apply for a fellowship trip or a gatekeeper trip