Jim Frederick is a contributing editor at TIME magazine and author of Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death. 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 both the weekly newsmagazine and the time.com website. 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.
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, which was published by the University of California Press in March 2008 and released in paperback in March 2009.
Prior to 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.
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. He currently lives in New York City.