Marc Ambinder

Like my Atlantic colleagues, here, here, and here, I want to note what Marc Ambinder has done on our site and in the magazine, on the occasion of his moving to another part of the building to begin work for our sister publication, National Journal.

The concept of a "reported blog" (as opposed to a pure "Hey, I think the people at some other site are crazy!" personal-bloviating blog) no longer seems an oxymoron; and Marc Ambinder shares at least some part of the credit for showing that the fact-gathering enterprise that is at the heart of "normal" journalism was just as important in online dispatches. His office at the Watergate building is right next to mine. On the occasions when we were both there at the same time -- not that often, but frequently enough to remember --  I would hear him working the phones for hours on end, to confirm, tease out, expand on, and in all other ways report information he intended to use on our site. He sounded like an old-style police reporter, right down the police-scanner radio he had on his desk -- and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Good luck to him at NJ. And I hope he leaves the police scanner -- I would miss it, and will miss him.

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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