Simen Ekern (1975–) is an author and journalist. In recent years he has lived in Brussels and in Rome, where he has covered European politics and culture for several media organisations including Dagbladet, TV2 and Morgenbladet. Ekern is a trained social and political historian who has for many years been considered one of Norway’s leading experts on Italy. He made his debut as an author in 2006 with Berlusconis Italia, which was very well received. In 2011 he published Roma, which won the Brage prize for best non-fiction publication of the year.