James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where he has been a contributor for more than 35 years. During this time, he has reported from Seattle, Berkley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Shanghai, and Beijing. Prior to writing for The Atlantic, Fallows worked as President Carter’s chief speech writer.
Fallows obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in American history and literature, and later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he received a graduate degree in economics. In addition to his positions at The Atlantic and for the Carter administration, Fallows was the editor for US News & World Report for two years, and briefly served at Microsoft as a program designer. Fallows is an instrument-rated private pilot.
He wrote his most recent book, “Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America,” with his wife, Deborah. His previous works include: “Looking at the Sun: The Rise of the New East Asian Economic and Political System,” “Breaking The News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy,” “Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel,” “On the Frontlines: Doing Business in China,” and “China Airborne.”