Originally from Monroe, MI, Poniewozik attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating with a BA in English. He subsequently attended the graduate program in fiction writing at New York University. He 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.com.
Poniewozik was Time magazine's television critic from 1999 to 2015, his Tuned In column critiquing television and related media. In August 2015, it was announced that he would join The New York Times' culture desk as chief television critic.
He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. His father was Catholic, and of Polish descent. His mother was Jewish (from a Sephardi background from Morocco). Poniewozik attended church as a child, and became an atheist as a teenager; he has since described himself as "culturally Jewish".
- "James Poniewozik Joins The New York Times As Chief TV Critic". The New York Times Company. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- "James Poniewozik Author Page". Time. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- Employment History, Linkedin.com.
- "Robo-James' Time Machine: How TV Taught Me to Be Jewish". Time. August 31, 2009.
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