Safety Net — By James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman

James K. Glassman has been writing about investing and the economy since the mid-1970s. He was the first investing columnist for Reader's Digest, wrote a syndicated column on investing for the Washington Post in the 1990s, and now pens a monthly column for both Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Forbes.

He is the author of two previous books, DOW 36,000 and The Seceret Code of the Superior Investor, and his articles on finance, economics, and foreign policy have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Glassman is the founding executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, dedicated to research and action in four areas: education, global health, human freedom, and economic growth. The Institute is part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which will also include a library and museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He served as under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs from June 2008 to January 2009, leading the government-wide international strategic communications effort. Among his accomplishments at the State Department was bringing new Internet technology to bear on outreach to foreign publics, an approach he christened “Public Diplomacy 2.0.”

Prior to his State Department post, from June 2007 to June 2008, he was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, directing all non-military, taxpayer-funded U.S. international broadcasting, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Alhurra TV. He continued to serve as a governor of the BBG, representing the Secretary of State, during his post as under secretary.

Since February 2010, Glassman has moderated Ideas in Action, a weekly series on public policy issues aired on more than 100 public television stations around the country. He was previously moderator of two weekly TV programs in the late 1990s: Capital Gang Sunday on CNN and Technopolitics on PBS.

Glassman has had a long career as a journalist and publisher. He served as president of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, publisher of the New Republic magazine, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, executive and co-editor of the Washingtonian magazine, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call, the Congressional newspaper. Between 1993 and 2004, he was a columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. Shortly after graduating from college, he started Figaro, a weekly newspaper in New Orleans.

Glassman is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the daily newspaper, The Crimson. He is married to Beth Ourisman Glassman and has two children, two stepchildren, and three grandchildren. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and Falls Village, Connecticut.