James Tobin, Ph.D.

Professor of Journalism

James TobinJames Tobin specializes in literary journalism and narrative history. He joined the journalism faculty at Miami in 2006. His first book, “Ernie Pyle's War: America's Eyewitness to World War II” (Free Press, 1997), won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. In 2003, Tobin edited and provided commentary for “Reporting America at War: An Oral History” (Hyperion), the companion volume to a PBS documentary on 20th century war correspondents. His other books are "To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight” (Free Press, 2003) and “The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency” (Simon & Schuster, 2013). Tobin earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. He worked for 12 years a reporter for The Detroit News, where his reporting was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He also received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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