James Douglas Bennet
March 28, 1966
Boston, Massachusetts, US
|Education||St. Albans School|
Sarah Jessup (m. 2001)
|Parent(s)||Susanne Klejman Bennet|
Douglas J. Bennet
|Relatives||Michael Bennet (brother)|
James Bennet was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Susanne Bennet (née Klejman; of Polish Jewish descent) and Douglas J. Bennet. He has a brother and sister. When his father went to work on the staff of Senator Thomas F. Eagleton, the family moved to Washington, D.C., where James attended the St. Albans School. He studied at Yale University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was editor-in-chief of The New Journal.
Susanne Bennet taught English as a second language at Language ETC, a non-profit organization in Washington. Douglas Bennet was appointed as a political official in the Carter and Clinton administrations, served as the president of National Public Radio from 1983 to 1992 and as the president of Wesleyan University from 1995 to 2007.
Bennet began his journalism career as an intern for The News & Observer, and later, The New Republic. From 1989 to 1991, he held an editing post at The Washington Monthly. He joined The New York Times in 1991. He rose to serve as a White House correspondent and the Jerusalem bureau chief for the paper. Upon his return from Jerusalem, he wrote a memorandum on the proper usage of the terms "terrorist" and "terrorism", which is often cited by editors of The Times.
Bennet was due to become the Times''s Beijing correspondent in late 2006. He resigned from the paper in March of that year to accept an offer to become the 14th editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. Bennet was selected by the magazine's publisher, David G. Bradley, following an exhaustive selection process. Bradley conferred with 80 journalists around the United States.
Bennet as editor attracted attention in April 2008 when the magazine featured a cover story on Britney Spears, a change from The Atlantic's tradition in higher culture. The issue did poorly in newsstand sales.
During his tenure, The Atlantic dramatically increased web traffic, and in 2010, the magazine had its first profitable year in a decade.
In March 2016, he was appointed the Editorial Page editor at The New York Times. Bennet immediately added Bret Stephens to the Times' editorial page, whose first column for the Times cast doubt on the long term consequences of climate change, causing a flood of subscription cancellations.
In June 2017, the editorial page published a piece that linked political incitement to the shooting of Steve Scalise as well as the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona that wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The piece erroneously cited Sarah Palin's political action committee's map of targeted electoral districts as targeting individual Democratic Politicians. These parts of the piece were later removed but in response, Palin filed a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times. Bennet was called to testify in response to Palin's lawsuit. Palin's suit would later be dismissed.
Bennet (also spelled 'Bennett') is an English language surname (and, less commonly, given name); related to the medieval name Benedict, both ultimately from Latin Benedictus "blessed". Bennett is the English spelling of the Anglo-Norman name Ben[n]et (Modern French first name Benoît, surname Bénet). The oldest public record of the surname is dated 1208 in County Durham. §
Bennet is an English surname with Norman roots; Anglo-Norman: from the medieval personal name Benedict (from the Latin Benedictus, literally meaning "blessed"). In the 12th century, it became a common given name throughout Europe due to the popularity of St. Benedict (c.480-550), the Latin form of the name was found in England, alongside versions derived from the Old French forms, Beneit and Benoit, which was common among the Normans. "In the reigns of Edwards II. and III. the name is found thus modified: Fitz Benedict, Benediscite, Bendiste, Bendish, Bennett."Derived surnames include: Bonnet, Jennett, Kennett, Dennett, Benet, Beckett, Barnett, & Basnett
See also: Saint Benedict of Nursia, patron saint of Europe, and twin brother of Saint Scholastica.
Notable people with the surname include:
Carl Bennet, Swedish businessman and self-made billionaire
Charles Bennet, 6th Earl of Tankerville
Chloe Bennet, actress
Christopher Bennet, (1617–1655), English physician
Douglas J. Bennet, American diplomat and president of Wesleyan University
Eduardo Bennet, soccer player
Ferdinando Bennet, English soldier and cricketer
Henry Bennet, 1st Earl of Arlington
Isabella Bennet, 2nd Countess of Arlington
James Bennet (clergyman) (1817—1901), writer and author
James Bennet (journalist), U.S. newspaper and magazine editor
John Bennet (disambiguation)
John Bennet (composer) (c. 1575 – after 1614), English composer
John Bennet (judge) (1552/3–1627), English judge and MP accused of corruption
John Bennet (preacher) (1714–1759), English Methodist preacher
John Bennet (MP) (1628–1663), English landowner and politician
John Bennet (writer) (died 1686), English writer
John Bennet, 1st Baron Ossulston (1616–1695), English statesman
John Bennet (archaeologist), British archaeologist and Professor of Aegean Archaeology at Sheffield University
John Bennet of the Bennet baronets
Keane Grace Wallis Bennet (died 2014), died in an accident
Meg Bennet, screenwriter, actress
Michael Bennet, United States Senator from Colorado
Spencer Gordon Bennet, film director
Thomas Bennet (clergyman), English clergyman
Thomas Bennet (academic), Master of University College, Oxford
William Bennet (MP for Ripon) (died 1609), MP for Ripon
William Bennet (bishop) (1746–1820), Bishop of Cloyne and antiquary
William Bennet (musician) (1767?–1833?), English musician
William Stiles Bennet (1870–1962), American politician
William S. Bennet II (1934–2009), American business executive
William Bennet (engineer) (active 1790–1826), English canal engineer (also spelled Bennett)
Sir William Bennet, 1st Baronet (died 1710) of the Bennet baronets
Sir William Bennet, 2nd Baronet (died 1729), member of 1st Parliament of Great Britain
Sir William Bennet, 3rd Baronet (died 1733) of the Bennet baronetsJames Bennet
James Bennet may refer to:
James Bennet (journalist) (born 1966), American journalist
James Bennet (politician) (1830–1908), Liberal Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand
James Bennet (clergyman) (1817–1901), Presbyterian clergyman and author
James Arlington Bennet (1788-1863), Attorney, newspaper publisher, educator, author
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