James Warren joined Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent and is based in Chicago. He was previously the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune.
Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter.org, generating Morning MediaWire, Poynter’s morning newsletter roundup of media news, as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. As a former media columnist for the Daily News and Tribune, Warren has worked across platforms as a print and digital journalist, and as a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America. He continues to be a contributing editor to the Daily News and write his weekly Sunday op-ed column for the paper.
He has also been a contributor to The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Politico and Vanity Fair. During his stint as bureau chief with the Chicago Tribune, he was cited as one of the capital’s 50 most influential journalists by Washingtonian magazine, in part because of his columns exposing journalists who were taking large speaking fees from organizations that they were covering.
After returning to the Chicago newsroom in 2001, Warren oversaw the Tribune’s features sections and helped to create several successful new additions. He left the Tribune in 2008 and was publisher of the Chicago Reader alternative weekly before becoming a co-founder of the nonprofit local digital news organization, the Chicago News Cooperative (CNC). In addition to generating news on its website, the CNC entered into a partnership with the New York Times to produce local content in the paper’s Friday and Sunday editions. He served as the anchor columnist and won several national writing awards, including from the Education Writers Association and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The nonprofit closed its doors after two and a half years, and in 2010 Warren worked as the weekly policy columnist for Bloomberg Business Week. With additional stints as a contributor to The Daily Beast and The Atlantic, Warren eventually joined the Daily News.
Warren lives in Chicago and is married to Cornelia Grumman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune who is now a top official with the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago. They have two sons.