Michael Elliott is the editor of Time International, a position he took up in 2005. 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 United States from 1945. He has also written and presented many documentary films, including The Clintons (1998), which was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Documentary.
Elliott lives in New York. He first came to Boulder in 1987 and has never quite recovered.