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James Dao

Editorial Page Editor


James Dao is the editorial page editor of The Boston Globe, overseeing editorials, op-eds, letters, and the Ideas section. Since he joined the Globe in July 2022, the section has expanded its newsletter offerings, created a new podcast, “Say More,” and pushed to elevate its digital content. Before the Globe, he spent 30 years at The New York Times where, as a reporter, he wrote about state and national politics, roamed the country as a national correspondent, covered the State and Defense departments, created a beat on veterans affairs, and embedded with American troops during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also the paper’s deputy National editor, Op-Ed editor and, most recently, Metro editor. During his tenure, the Metro section was a Pulitzer finalist for breaking news. As a military correspondent during the Afghanistan war, he won an Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and other awards for a multimedia series on the deployment of an Army battalion, titled “A Year at War.” Before becoming a journalist, he was an original staff member of the New York Chinatown History Project. He is a graduate of Yale College, where he majored in American history.