James Bennet (journalist)

James Douglas Bennet (born March 28, 1966) is an American journalist. He is the editorial page editor at The New York Times. He is the younger brother of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.

James Bennet
James Douglas Bennet

March 28, 1966 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
EducationSt. Albans School
Yale University
OccupationJournalist, writer
Sarah Jessup (m. 2001)
Children2 sons
Parent(s)Susanne Klejman Bennet
Douglas J. Bennet
RelativesMichael Bennet (brother)

Background and family

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.[1] 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's older brother Michael is the senior United States Senator from Colorado.


Bennet began his journalism career as an intern for The News & Observer, and later, The New Republic.[1] From 1989 to 1991, he held an editing post at The Washington Monthly.[2] 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.[1][3] 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.[4]

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.[2][3] 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.[2]

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.[5]

During his tenure, The Atlantic dramatically increased web traffic, and in 2010, the magazine had its first profitable year in a decade.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] Bennet was called to testify in response to Palin's lawsuit.[9] Palin's suit would later be dismissed.[10]

Personal life

In 2001, he married Sarah Jessup in a civil ceremony.[11] They have two sons.[12]


  1. ^ a b c David S. Hirschman (March 19, 2008). "So What Do You Do James Bennet, Editor of The Atlantic?". Mediabistro.com. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  2. ^ a b c Katharine Seelye (March 2, 2006). "The Atlantic Picks Writer at The Times as Its Editor". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  3. ^ a b "James Bennet Index". The Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  4. ^ Clark Hoyt (December 13, 2008). "Separating the Terror and the Terrorists". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  5. ^ Michael Learmonth, "Where Does Hillary Draw More Eyeballs Than Britney? At TheAtlantic.com", Business Insider, Aug 2008, accessed October 10, 2009
  6. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (December 12, 2010). "Web Focus Helps Revitalize The Atlantic". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Sheth, Shonam, (April 29, 2017). "People are furiously canceling their New York Times subscriptions after an op-ed disputing climate change was published". Business Insider.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Hawkins, Derek, (June 28, 2017). "Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation over editorial on mass shooting". The Washington Post.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Ember, Sydney (2017-08-16). "A Times Editor Testifies in Defamation Suit Filed by Sarah Palin". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  10. ^ Ember, Sydney (2017-08-29). "Sarah Palin's Defamation Suit Against The New York Times Is Dismissed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-21.
  11. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS; Sarah Jessup, James Bennet" August 5, 2001
  12. ^ "James Bennet". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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Bennet (surname)

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 baronets

James 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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