James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

The Reigning King of the Cover Story

Posted on April 18th, 2019 at 8:06 PM

The AtlanticThe Reigning King of the Cover Story

The Atlantic  profiled one of their own yesterday, honoring long-time national correspondent James Fallows on his election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In his nearly 50 years in the media, Atlantic Assistant Editor Annika Neklason wrote, "His writing comprises its own kind of time capsule: a contemporaneous history of the events and developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries." She continued, "His insight, extensive reporting, and engaging writing have made his articles essential reading in their moments of publication and have lent them a timeless relevance, and resonance."

She then recaps each of his eight Atlantic cover stories, a glimpse, she says, of what the American Academy of Arts & Sciences honored.

James Fallows Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 9:48 PM

American Academy of Arts and Sciences2019 Class of American Academy of Arts & Sciences

On April 17, 2019, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences announced James Fallows was elected to membership in its 2019 class. The Academy, founded in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock among others, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government, and public affairs. The founders believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good. 

Fallows will be inducted at a ceremony in October 2019 and join the company of previously elected Academy members including Alexander Hamilton, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, and Margaret Mead.

Fallows to Speak at MIT Sloan

Posted on April 17th, 2019 at 9:06 PM

MIT Sloan Good Companies, Good Jobs InitiativeMIT Sloan Fallows to Speak

James and Deborah Fallows will participate in a conversation with Executive Director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT Sloan, Barbara Dyer, on Monday, April 22, 2019. The discussion will focus on the surprising reinvention going on in many American communities. A book signing will follow.

Tickets are available at no cost at this link.

Named American Geographical Society Honorary Fellow

Posted on April 14th, 2019 at 2:09 PM

American Geographical SocietyAmerican Geographical Society Names James Fallows Honorary Fellow

James Fallows was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the American Geographical Society (AGS) on April 5, 2019 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers. The Fellowship is bestowed on individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of geography. AGS has awarded Honorary Fellowships since its founding in 1851 and previous awardees are some of the most recognized names in geographical and exploration history. This link lists the roll from 1918.

Dr. Deborah Popper, AGS Vice President and chair of the Honors and Awards Committee, notes, "I've benefited from reading James Fallows' work since the '70s. He's got a range, depth, and humanity that helps us understand places in themselves and their place in the larger national and global systems."


Featured in The Economist

Posted on April 12th, 2019 at 2:58 PM

The Economist

What small-town America can learn from a town called Hell

James and Deborah Fallows were featured in the April 11, 2019 print edition of The Economist  in an article on Hell, Michigan, population 72. The lessons learned from the 42 cities the Fallowses visited apply in Hell.

The article concludes:

The Economist, Lessons from Hell

Read the entire article here.

Fallows to Launch Yolo County Library Foundation

Posted on April 12th, 2019 at 12:35 PM

Winters Express

Fallows to Launch Yolo County Library Foundation

James and Deborah Fallows will headline an evening celebrating the newly formed Yolo County Library Foundation with a talk at the Palms Playhouse in Winters, CA on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

Their 2018 New York Times bestseller Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America  featured a chapter on Winters. To purchase tickets to the event go to this link.

Featured in Jacksonville Business Journal

Posted on April 12th, 2019 at 12:14 PM

Jacksonville Business JournalLessons from across the country

Jacksonville Business Journal Editor in Chief Timothy Gibbons interviewed James and Deborah Fallows prior to their April 8th appearance as a part of the World Affairs Council Jacksonville's Global Issues speakers series at the University of North Florida.

In the conversation he asked what efforts should be celebrated and what lessons there are for Jacksonville.


Quoted in the Marion Star

Posted on April 7th, 2019 at 2:05 PM

Marion Star

Marion Star Quote from Deborah Fallows

Deb Fallows is quoted in Gary Branson's April 6th guest column in the Marion Star (Ohio). Branson, the Executive Director of the Marion Public Library, goes on to discuss the programming and events that today's public libraries focus on to engage their communities. Today's public libraries are far more than a place to go just to borrow a book. Read the entire article here.

Featured on The Diane Rehm Show

Posted on March 30th, 2019 at 3:32 PM

The Diane Rehm ShowJames Fallows on Politics, Planes, Small Towns

James Fallows was the featured guest on the March 29, 2019 edition of WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show.

Listen to the program here.

Featured in Star Press

Posted on March 30th, 2019 at 2:55 PM

Star PressMayoral Candidates Judge City's Successes/Failures

In two March 29, 2019 articles, Muncie, Indiana Star Press reporter Seth Slabaugh references James and Deborah Fallowses' recent talk in Muncie as a part of Indiana Humanities's kickoff of their INseparable program. Candidates for mayor were asked to discuss whether Muncie posessed the 10 1/2 attributes of successful cities the Fallowses observed in their nationwide travels for the writing of Our Towns.