Michael Elliott is the editor of Time International, overseeing Time magazine’s four international editions. He joined Time in 2001 as an editor at large and columnist and took up his present position in 2005 after a spell editing Time Asia. Born and raised in Liverpool, he has two degrees from Oxford and started his career in universities, teaching at Northwestern University, the University of Warwick, and the London School of Economics. He then spent two years in the British civil service, working in the Cabinet Office Central Policy Review Staff and joined The Economist in 1984. In nearly ten years at The Economist, Elliott was political editor and Washington bureau chief and the founding author of the Bagehot and Lexington columns, the first columns in The Economist’s history. Elliott then spent seven years at Newsweek magazine and was editor of Newsweek International from 1995 to 2000 before becoming the founding editor of eCountries, a global online news and information service.
Elliott has written or co-written four books, including The Day Before Yesterday (1996), a social history of the U.S. from 1945. He has written and presented many documentary films that have been shown all over the world, including The Clintons (1998), which was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Documentary.
A citizen of the U.S. and U.K., Elliott is married with two teenage daughters, lives in New York, and travels frequently between his offices there, Hong Kong, and London. He first came to Boulder in 1987 and has never quite recovered.