Jim Tankersley is a tax and economics reporter with The New York Times based in the Washington bureau. Previously he was with Vox where he edited the policy and politics team, including coverage of the economy, health care, immigration, Congress and the White House. Before that he spent four years at The Washington Post as the paper’s economic policy correspondent, and three years in a similar role at National Journal.
Jim has written extensively about the stagnation of the American middle class, the decline of economic opportunity in wide swaths of the country and how policy changes in Washington have exacerbated those trends over the past few decades.
Jim came to Washington 10 years ago to join the D.C. bureau of the Chicago Tribune, where he covered Congress and the 2008 presidential campaign. He started his career with stints at The Oregonian, The Rocky Mountain News, and The Toledo Blade, primarily covering politics. At The Blade he was a member of the Coingate team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He and a Blade colleague won the 2007 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for a series of stories demonstrating how and why the Ohio economy declined so dramatically over the course of a generation.
Tankersley is an Oregon native and a graduate of Stanford University.