Editor, TIME International
Jim Frederick is the editor of TIME International, TIME’s three regional print editions with a combined circulation of more than 1 million readers serving Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; the South Pacific; and Asia. He also oversees the international news coverage in both TIME’s U.S. edition and on TIME.com. In 2010 and 2011, he was managing editor of TIME.com where he led a dramatic broadening of the site’s news coverage and expansion onto several new platforms, including TIME’s first non-magazine iPad apps and an Internet-connected TV app.
In July 2011 the L2 Digital Think Tank and NYU’s Stern School of Business named TIME the No. 1 brand in the magazine industry for digital excellence, the only brand of 87 surveyed to earn a “genius” distinction.
Between August 2006 and January 2008, Frederick was a Senior Editor at TIME in London, responsible for helping to coordinate coverage of Europe, Africa and the Middle East for both the weekly newsmagazine and time.com. 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.
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.” A veteran of covering the U.S. military and the military justice system, Frederick has made two reporting trips to Iraq for TIME and wrote extensively about the case of U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins, who crossed the De-Militarized Zone into communist North Korea in 1965 and only returned to the West in 2004, where he faced a U.S. Army court martial. Until the current Iraq-and Afghanistan-related trials, this was the highest-profile court martial of the post-Vietnam era. Frederick is the co-author, with Jenkins, of The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial and 40-Year Imprisonment in North Korea (University of California Press, 2008).
Prior to joining TIME, Frederick was a senior editor with Money. In his five and a half years there, Frederick wrote or edited stories on virtually every subject Money covers, from banking, stocks and mutual funds, to travel, retirement and savings.
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.
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. He lives in New York City.
He is on Twitter @Jim_Frederick.
Updated August 8, 2012