James Baxter, '87 BA (IR) 

Founding Editor and Publisher

James Baxter

James Baxter is the Founding Editor and Publisher of iPolitics. Previously, he was the Legislature Bureau Chief of The Edmonton Journal. A native of Ottawa, he received a BA in International Relations and an MA from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1987. James started his career as an Associated Press sportswriter in New York State before returning to Canada, where he worked in news and sports. In 1998, he joined the Ottawa bureau of Southam News, now the CanWest News Service, covering trade and economics.

In 2007, James was awarded one of the top journalism fellowships in the world: the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.  First created in 1937 by a $1-million grant to Harvard by the widow of Lucius W. Nieman, founder of the Milwaukee Journal, the Nieman Fellowships are the oldest and best-known mid-career program for journalists in the world.  Baxter, the lone Canadian of 15 international journalists invited to attend Harvard for the academic year, received the Martin Wise Goodman Fellowship, named in honor of the late president of the Toronto Star and himself a former Nieman recipient.

During the program, James devoted much of his attention to the emerging conflict between environmental concerns and current international and trade law. He said, "There is growing acceptance worldwide that pollution and environmental degradation do not respect traditional borders, but most law, especially trade law, is fundamentally built around it…as pressure mounts to do better by the environment, there is real potential that our accepted views of sovereignty will be obsolete."