James E. Ellis was named assistant managing editor of small business in December 2007. Prior to that he held a number of positions including chief of correspondents and senior editor.
Ellis joined BusinessWeek in 1980 as a correspondent in the Chicago bureau and was promoted to bureau chief in Atlanta in 1982. In September 1984, he returned to Chicago as bureau chief. In 1992 he was promoted to senior writer in New York and later edited special projects. Prior to joining the magazine, he held positions as staff reporter and financial writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
From 1991-93, Ellis was co-chairman of the Business Writers Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists. He also served on the board of advisers for the 1992 PBS television series Made in America. In 1995, he was a recipient of the Black Achievers in Industry Award from the Harlem YMCA. He served on the Diversity Advisory Council of The McGraw-Hill Companies, BusinessWeek‘s parent, from 1993-99. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Kenan-Flagler Business School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Board of Advisors of the Business Journalism Initiative at UNC’s School of Journalism. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Assn., the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Assn., and the diversity initiative of the Magazine Publishers of America.
From 1996-99, Ellis was a regular commentator on CNBC’s Bull Session, PBS’s This Week in Business, and NBC’s NBC News at Sunrise. He is currently a rotating business commentator on ABC’s World News This Morning and hosts a weekly podcast, The Business Week.
Ellis is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He has been a Herbert Davenport Fellow in Financial Writing at the University of Missouri and attended the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists at the University of Pennsylvania. He also is a graduate of the McGraw-Hill General Management Program.