James R. Gaines

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For the African-American-Filipino character actor (born 1955), see James Gaines.

James R. Gaines (born August 11, 1947) is the Americas Editor of Reuters News. Previously, he was the founder and editor-in-chief of StoryRiver Media, a Washington, D.C.-based digital/multimedia content company.

Prior to founding StoryRiver Media, Gaines served as editor-in-chief of FLYP, an online "magazine" combining text, video, audio, animation and interactivity.

He was formerly the managing editor of Time, Life, and People magazines between 1987 and 1996, and subsequently, the corporate editor of Time Inc. [1]

He was both managing editor and publisher of Life, the first time that one person held both the chief editorial and publishing jobs at a Time-Life magazine. He was also the first person to run three Time-Life magazines.

Gaines began his career at Saturday Review, before moving on to Newsweek, where he was a National Affairs Writer.

He is the author of four works of narrative history, including Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977); Evening in the Palace of Reason, which explored the conflict between faith and reason through a fateful meeting between Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederick the Great (HarperCollins, 2005)[2]; and For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette, and Their Revolutions (W. W. Norton, 2007).[3]

A graduate of New York’s McBurney School and the University of Michigan, Gaines is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Overseas Press Club, and the Online News Association.


  • Wit’s End: Days and Nights of the Algonquin Round Table (1977)
  • The Lives of the Piano (1981)
  • Evening in the Palace of Reason (2005)
  • For Liberty and Glory: Washington, Lafayette and Their Revolutions (2007)

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  1. ^ http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983923,00.html Time magazine “To Our Readers” column by Norman Pearlstine, January 8, 1996
  2. ^ http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/history/0,,1385499,00.html John Banning’s review of Evening in the Palace of Reason, The Guardian, January 8, 2005
  3. ^ For Liberty and Glory (Main Page)