Jimmy So

Jimmy So is the editor of Columbia Global Reports, a publishing imprint from Columbia University that commissions authors to produce works of original thinking and on-site reporting from all over the world, on a wide range of topics. He has commissioned and edited authors such as Masha Gessen, Bill Keller, Harriet A. Washington, Margaret Sullivan, Bethany McLean, Tim Wu, Roxane Gay, Edmund Morris, Jonathan Schell, Clay Shirky, Gish Jen, and Sasha Issenberg, among many others.

He is a regular film and book critic and was a culture and books editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, where he contributed many film, book, television, and music criticism, and won a National Magazine Award as part of the books team for his reviews. His work has also appeared in The New YorkerThe New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, CBS News, and other publications. He has worked for The New Yorker, CBS News, and KUOW radio. He was a classical music critic for The Seattle Times, and a news anchor and senior editor at the Hong Kong television stations TVB and ATV, where he covered the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and the Beijing Olympics. He is writing a book about the early friendship of two Chinese film directors. He is a graduate of the MA program at Columbia in the arts and culture concentration, where he won the Pulitzer traveling fellowship.