James Fallows is based in Washington, DC, as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 30 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California; received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard; and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and also serves as chair in US media at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in Australia.
Fallows has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award five times and has won once; he has also won the American Book Award for nonfiction and a NY Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His books include Blind into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009)—both of which were based on his writings for The Atlantic—and China Airborne (2012).