He graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. He covered the Iran-Contra scandal for the magazine In These Times, and was managing editor of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs' newsletter.
Naureckas became the editor of Extra! in 1990. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error (New Press). He co-edited The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s (Westview Press).
In 1997, he married Janine Jackson, the program director of FAIR. They have one daughter.
- "FAIR: Jim Naureckas"; official bio and links to Extra! articles
- "The New York Songlines: Virtual Walking Tours of Manhattan Streets"; edited by Naureckas.