James Schiffman has been a journalist for nearly 30 years, both for print and broadcast media. He speaks Chinese and has a masterís degree in Chinese history from the University of Colorado. Schiffman worked in Asia for eight years, first as news editor for United Press International in Hong Kong and then as a reporter for The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, Seoul, and Beijing. Schiffman was the first resident correspondent for the Asian Journal in Beijing and covered what was then the largest pro-democracy student demonstrations in the history of the Peopleís Republic.
Following his assignment in China, Schiffman joined The Wall Street Journal in Atlanta, where he covered health care. In 1990, he joined CNN, first as a writer and then as a news editor. In 1992, he moved to CNN International. At CNN, he has been involved with covering the major stories of our time: the Gulf War, the Clinton impeachment, the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks, and the war in Iraq. Schiffman is now chief copy editor for CNN International.