James Barron (journalist)

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James Turman Barron
Born (1955-12-25) December 25, 1955 (age 66)[1]
OccupationJournalist, author
Notable credit(s)The New York Times; Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand (book)
SpouseDr. Jane-Iris Farhi
FamilyJames Pressley Barron (father, deceased); Leirona Turman Barron (mother, deceased); Charles E. Barron (uncle); W. Davis Barron (uncle, deceased); George Turman (uncle, deceased); Carson E. Campbell (second cousin, once removed)

James Turman Barron (born December 25, 1955) is an American journalist who writes for The New York Times. He authored the 2006 book, Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.


He was born on December 25, 1955, to Leirona Turman and James Pressley Barron (1920–2006). His father served in the U.S. Army in World War II and was an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal upon his retirement in 1985.[2]

His mother was an assistant principal of Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Arlington, Virginia.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1977 and was a stringer for The New York Times while in college.

He married Jane-Iris Farhi, a cardiologist.[3]


  • Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand. New York: Times Books. 2006. ISBN 0-8050-7878-9.
  • The one-cent magenta: inside the quest to own the most valuable stamp in the world. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books. 2017. ISBN 9781616205188.


  1. ^ "Front Page Podcast". The New York Times. December 25, 2008.
  2. ^ "Barron, James Pressley". The New York Times. 24 November 2006. James Pressley, 86, of Lynchburg, VA, died Tuesday, November 21st, 2006. Loving husband of Leirona Turman Barron; father of James Turman Barron and father-in-law of Jane-Iris Farhi of New York; and brother of Charles E. Barron, of Athens, GA. After serving in the United States Army in Europe in World War II, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst and received the Intelligence Commendation medal when he retired in 1985.
  3. ^ "Jane-Iris Farhi and James Barron". The New York Times. April 2, 1995. Dr. Jane-Iris Farhi, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jean-Pierre Farhi of New York, was married yesterday at the Princeton University Chapel in Princeton, N.J., to James Turman Barron, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Barron of Lynchburg, Va.