James Fallows is a longtime correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. He has reported for The Atlantic from around the world since the late 1970s, including extended assignments in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and within the United States in Texas, Washington state and California. He has written 12 books and won the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award and a documentary Emmy. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public radio commentaries since the 1980s.
James Fallows grew up in inland southern California, studied American history and literature at Harvard, studied economics at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, and worked for two years in the White House as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He has been part of the program-design design team for Microsoft’s Word program and is the founding chairman of New America.
For the past several years he and his wife, the writer Deborah Fallows, have been traveling through smaller-town America and reporting on innovation of all sorts. Their national best-selling book on the project, "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America," was published in May 2018.