Tim Cohen was born in Durban. His parents are Bonni and Sam Cohen. The Cohen's have established a rather unique tradition of calling each other with their non-biological names. They use nicknames to refer to one another. Thus Tim's biological name is Simon Cohen, his mother's name is Naomi and Jeff is his father's biological name. Tim/Simon, is now married to Jennifer and is currently based in Johannesburg where he does freelancing in the field of journalism.
The Cohen's moved a lot during Tim's primary and secondary years of schooling. In his words the reason for this was, "My father couldn't sit still". Tim attended various schools from Durban to Pretoria boys high. Tim and his family then moved to Benoni; they then migrated to London for two years. Due to the moving around Tim was exposed to different people and he became accustomed to differences, which aided him in his career. The Cohen's then returned to South Africa, and Tim embarked on his tertiary studies at the University of Kwa-Zulu- Natal where he studied a BA Law.
Tim's first break through was during his second year of studying law whereby he advocated to write for the Natal Witness Newspaper based in Pietermaritzburg. Tim is currently a freelance journalist and researcher, "If you are a freelancer you don't say no to work" he has been freelancing for 2 years. His work focuses mainly on South African business journalism, contributing to many publications in the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. He has worked for several years for the Business Day and is still a consistent contributor for it as well as The Weekender. The advantages about freelancing according to Tim is that you get to work from home and can write different types of stories , from writing short pieces,newspapers and magazines and do not get limited. The disadvantage about his career as a freelancer is that one does not get the intimacy of having colleagues.
Recognitions and awards
In 2004 he was awarded the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year the highest ranking award for a financial journalist.
Other professional activities
He does not have much spare time to engage in activities.