James Poniewozik

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James Poniewozik
Born (1968-07-12) July 12, 1968 (age 54)
Alma mater
  • Journalist
  • television critic
Years active1997–present

James Poniewozik (/pɒnəˈwɒzɪk/; born July 12, 1968) is an American journalist and television critic. He is the chief TV critic for The New York Times. Earlier in his career, he wrote Time magazine's Tuned In column for 16 years.[1]

Early life[edit]

Originally from Monroe, Michigan,[2][3] Poniewozik's father was Catholic, and of Polish descent. His mother was Jewish from a Sephardi background from Morocco.[4] Poniewozik attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,[3][5] graduating with a BA in English (1986–1990). He subsequently attended but did not complete the graduate program in fiction writing at New York University.


Poniewozik has contributed to publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Fortune, and Rolling Stone. From 1997 to 1999, he was the media critic and editor of the media section at Salon.[6]

Poniewozik was Time magazine's television critic from 1999 to 2015. In 2005, he began writing Time's first blog, Tuned In, a commentary on television and related media. His work at time has been called "one of the most prominent voices analyzing the modern TV revolution today."[1] In August 2015, it was announced that he would join The New York Times' culture desk as chief television critic.[1]

Liveright published his book, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, in September 2019.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Poniewozik lives in Brooklyn. He attended church as a child, and became an atheist as a teenager; he has since described himself as "culturally Jewish".[9]


  1. ^ a b c "James Poniewozik Joins The New York Times As Chief TV Critic". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "James Poniewozik Joins The New York Times As Chief TV Critic". The New York Times Company. 2015-08-10. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  3. ^ a b Hinds, Julie. "Cable TV, Donald Trump's presidency unquestionably tied together: Author explains how". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  4. ^ Poniewozik, James (2008-09-30). "Jews Control the Media Criticism". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  5. ^ Urie, Andrew (2022-07-26). "James Poniewozik, Audience of One: Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America". European Journal of American Studies (in French). doi:10.4000/ejas.17637. ISSN 1991-9336. S2CID 251970126.
  6. ^ "James Poniewozik Author Page". Time. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Poniewozik, James (2019-09-10). Audience of One: Donald Trump, television, and the politics of illusion. [S.l.]: Liveright Publishing Co. ISBN 978-1631494420. OCLC 1084328508.
  8. ^ "James Poniewozik on [Audience of One] | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  9. ^ "Robo-James' Time Machine: How TV Taught Me to Be Jewish". Time. August 31, 2009.

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