James Glanz joined the investigations desk at The New York Times in February after stepping down as The Times Baghdad bureau chief. He spent nearly five years in Iraq covering reconstruction, corruption, oil, politics, the American and Iraqi military, private security firms, and a range of other topics. He joined The Times as a science reporter in 1999, and on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before either of the twin towers had fallen, he was given the assignment of reporting on their structure. That assignment led to two years of reporting and more than 200 articles, many of them co-written with his colleague Eric Lipton, on various aspects of the attacks. In 2003, he and Lipton published City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center, a history of the twin towers.
Glanz has also worked as a staff writer for Science magazine. He has a PhD in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University, and he had the good fortune to write his doctoral thesis in absentia at the University of Colorado, where his adviser was Martin V. Goldman.