Conference Host/Managing Editor,
James Kelly joined TIME in 1978, writing for the magazine's Nation and World sections in his early years. After a stint as media critic, he was named deputy editor and then editor of the World section in 1988. Several years later, he became the magazine's deputy managing editor. Mr. Kelly became TIME's managing editor in January of 2001, the 15th chief editor of the magazine since its founding in 1923.
In 1998, Mr. Kelly edited TIME's four-part investigation of "Corporate Welfare." The series, written and reported by Don Barlett and James Steele, won many of the most prestigious prizes in journalism, including a National Magazine Award for Public Service, the George Polk Award for National Reporting, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) competition. He was the lead editor overseeing "Visions 21," a five-part series (1999-2000) projecting what life will be like in the year 2025. To cover the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, Mr. Kelly produced a special issue of TIME that hit the newsstands just two days later, ultimately distributing 8 million copies of that "time capsule" issue.
Mr. Kelly received a degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.