Jim Frederick is an author, editor, journalist and media consultant. A contributing editor at TIME and the author of highly acclaimed books about North Korea and Iraq, he specializes in international affairs, geopolitics, economics and the U.S. military.
Until April 2013, he was the editor of TIME International, where he managed TIME's global news staff and oversaw all international news coverage appearing in its four global print and tablet editions, on TIME.com and other digital and mobile platforms.
Previously, he was managing editor of TIME.com where he led a record-breaking increase in traffic and the brand's social media presence by dramatically broadening the site's daily news coverage and its expansion onto several new outlets, including TIME's first stand-alone iPad apps and its first smart-TV app. While he was editor of TIME.com, TIME won an Emmy for its groundbreaking website, "Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience," in the category of "New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming."
Between August 2006 and January 2008, he was a senior editor at TIME in London, responsible for helping to coordinate coverage of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for TIME online and in print. Prior to that assignment, he was TIME's Tokyo Bureau Chief for four years, where he reported on and wrote about Japanese culture, society, government, economics, and international politics.
Before joining TIME, Frederick was a senior editor with Money magazine in New York. In his five and a half years at Money, Frederick wrote or edited stories on virtually every subject Money covers, from banking, stocks and mutual funds, to travel, retirement and savings. He wrote or edited long-form business profiles and economic analysis, including an examination of Microsoft's (then) $40 billion cash hoard and as well as an assessment of the financial impact of 9/11 on the US economy.
He is the author of "Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent Into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death" (Harmony Books, 2010), which the Guardian called "the best book by far about the Iraq war—a rare combination of cold truth and warm compassion," and co-author, with former US Army Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins, of "The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea," (University of California Press, 2008).
Frederick has freelanced widely for publications ranging from Real Simple to the New York Times Magazine. He has been a frequent public speaker and panelist at the World Economic Forum and similar organizations' events and he has appeared often on radio and TV, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, 60 Minutes and NPR.
A native of Libertyville, Illinois, he earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and he graduated cum laude with a BA in English literature from Columbia University.