Welcome Damien Ma

The Atlantic's roster of online Correspondents is ever-expanding and -improving. If I noted each interesting post in that space, that is all I'd ever do. Two recent illustrations: here and here.

So instead I'll give a general recommendation to check the Correspondent section frequently -- and a specific welcome to the newest member of our team, Damien Ma of the Eurasia Group. He will mainly be covering environmental news out of China, which is arguably the very most important category of news for China's own future prospects and for its impact on the rest of the world. He starts with two dispatches, one examining whether a recent spate of quasi-disasters for China might mark a real change in popular and governmental attitudes toward environmental limits, and another on recent Chinese innovations. I look forward to seeing more.

For just a few of the other valuable China/enviroment sites: China Environmental Law, China Green from the Asia Society, China Dialogue, China Environment Forum, US China Clean Energy Forum, JUCCCE, Green Leap Forward, and... if I don't stop now, I'll have to list another 50. Damien Ma is a worthy addition to this cadre.

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James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. More

James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 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 has 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. He is also now the chair in U.S. media at the U.S. 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 N.Y. Emmy award for the documentary series Doing Business in China. He was the founding chairman of the New America Foundation. His recent books Blind Into Baghdad (2006) and Postcards From Tomorrow Square (2009) are based on his writings for The Atlantic. His latest book is China Airborne. He is married to Deborah Fallows, author of the recent book Dreaming in Chinese. They have two married sons.

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