American Society of Magazine Editors

James B. Meigs

Author and Veteran Editor

James Meigs is a writer and editor, currently working on a book about man-made disasters. For 10 years Meigs was editor in chief of Popular Mechanics, where he helped reposition that century-old brand to become a major voice on technological issues of the day. He also served as editorial director for Car and Driver and Road & Track magazines. In previous lives he served as executive editor at National Geographic Adventure, as editor in chief at the late, great movie magazine, Premiere, and as part of the team that launched Entertainment Weekly. He has worked with writers ranging from David Foster Wallace to Buzz Aldrin. Along the way he has landed on an aircraft carrier (just as a passenger, sadly), been threatened with physical violence by various Hollywood agents, lost his wallet in Elon Musk’s Dragon space capsule, broken speed limits in 23 states, and learned to operate a wide variety of power tools.