James Glanz, PhD

Journalist & Physicist
The New York Times

James Glanz is a journalist for The New York Times and a physicist who received his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. He started his career in journalism with Research and Development Magazine in 1991 before moving to Science magazine in 1995. While writing for these publications, he honed his skills as a reporter on astronomy, cosmology and physics as well as military and technological topics like missile defense and nuclear weapons. In 1995, he published his first book, Saving Our Soil: Solutions for Sustaining Earth's Vital Resource.

Glanz joined The New York Times as a science reporter in 1999. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before either of the twin towers had fallen, he was given the assignment of understanding and reporting on their structure. He went on to write dozens of articles about the World Trade Center, researching its construction and the science behind its collapse. Glanz began co-writing stories on the World Trade Center with Eric Lipton (fellow Times reporter) and some of these were chosen as finalists for a Pulitzer in Explanatory Journalism in 2002. Essays written by the two were also a part of the Nation Challenged package that won a Pulitzer for Public Service in 2002. In 2003 the two collaborated to write City In The Sky, a history of the rise and fall of the World Trade Center. Glanz was appointed Baghdad Bureau chief at The New York Times in 2007.