Michael Elliott is editor-at-large of Time Magazine and the author of its “Global Agenda” column. Since September 11, 2001, he has been Time’s principal writer on the international aspects of the crisis, and has written many of Time’s cover stories, including the magazine’s comprehensive analysis of al-Qaeda’s global reach.
Elliott joined Time in May 2001 after a year spent as editor-in-chief of eCountries, an internet-based news and analysis service on global affairs. From 1995-2000 he was editor of Newsweek International, and from 1984-93 on the staff of (i>The Economist, where he was political editor and Washington bureau chief, and the founding author of both the “Bagehot” and “Lexington” columns. He is the only person ever to have held senior editorial positions at all three major international newsmagazines.
Elliott was born in Liverpool, England, and took two degrees at Oxford University. Prior to his career in journalism, he was a member of the Central Policy Review Staff in Britain’s Cabinet Office, and before that had spent eight years teaching in universities in the U.S. and U.K., ending his academic career with a tenured position at the London School of Economics.
Elliott has written for many newspapers and magazines, is a regular guest on TV talk shows, the author of three books and has written and presented many documentary films that have been shown all over the world. A permanent resident of the U.S., he has spent most of his adult life here and lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife and two daughters.