In 2000, she was appointed editor-in-chief of the Krasnodar TV channel.
In February 2001 she was appointed as a correspondent for the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company in Rostov-on-Don.
She covered military events in the Kodori Gorge of Abkhazia.
- September 2002 – 2005, Edition “Vesti” and “Russia-1”:
In September 2002, she moved to Moscow, became a special correspondent for the Vesti publication and entered the presidential pool of journalists. Participated in the teleconference “Direct Line with Vladimir Putin”. From 2002 to 2005 – editor on the channel “Russia-1”.
- 2004 Beslan attacks:
01/09/2004 terrorists seized school No. 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia. Simonyan reported from Beslan for 3 days, for which in March 2005 she was awarded the medal of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “For Strengthening the Combat Commonwealth”. In her reports, Margarita:
– informed about the impossibility of determining the number of hostages, although at about 16:00 on 09/01/2004 there was already information about more than 1000 hostages;
– underestimated the number of hostages – 09/01/2004 announced 300-400, 09/02/2004 – 354 , while the parents of the captured children present called the numbers more than 900. The ESHR identified 1128 people: children, their parents , teachers;
– claimed that the terrorists did not put forward demands, although at the time of publication of the news release on 09/02/2004 there was already information about the demands, that is, the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya.
In September 2017, the ECHR satisfied the claim of the Mothers of Beslan organization, ordered them to pay a total of €3 million to the victims and found that the Russian authorities, having information about the impending terrorist attack, could not organize a counter- terrorist operation at the proper level and did not use all the possibilities to free the hostages. In addition, the ECHR actually directly accused the Russian leadership of the fact that the death of 334 people was the result of the actions of the Russian military.
- 2005 – at the moment, Russia Today:
Since 2005, she became the chief editor at the Russia Today (RT) TV channel, which was founded by the Russian state media RIA Novosti on the initiative of Alexei Gromov, for 2022 – the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation , and Mikhail Lesin, according to journalists who were killed in Washington in 2015, and financed from public funds. In 2005, Russia allocated $30 million from the state budget for RT. In an interview to a journalist’s question why exactly she was elected to this position, she replied that the TV channel needed a person with an “unblinkered look”, who did not remember what Soviet thinking was . She also noted that thethe formation of her personality took place in the United States, where she studied . However, Simonyan was repeatedly accused of having a romantic relationship with Gromov and Lesin, with the help of which she received this post. Later, Simonyan said to one of her interviews that Lesinhated her. Since then, her personal wealth has skyrocketed.
In May 2008, Simonyan spoke ( 35:24 ) at the US-Russia Relations forum, where she said that her channel is called propaganda just like CNN is considered propagandists in Russia and described the importance of media influence for politics.
In April 2010 , she interviewed Dmitry Medvedev at the RT studio in Washington.