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James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Residency: Oct. 5–16, 2013

Public Talk: Oct. 8, 2013 on "China and the Future of Global Manufacturing"

Research Interests

  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • China


Former Presidential speechwriter and current national correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows has reported from around the world for more than 30 years, including most recently three years in China. He has won both the National Book Award and the National Magazine Award plus a NY Emmy award. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio, has appeared frequently on TV, from the Charlie Rose Show to the Colbert Report, has worked on a software design team at Microsoft, and was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney in Australia. His latest book, "China Airborne," was released by Pantheon in May, 2012. His recent books include "Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China," "Breaking the News: How the Media Undermine American Democracy," and "Blind into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq."

Fallows is a licensed small plane pilot. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are now embarked on a “road trip by air” around the country, which is called American Futures.


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Public Talk

"The Question We Keep Running Into: What Turns a Town Around?"
October 13, 2013, The Atlantic, James Fallows