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James Poniewozik (/pɒnəˈwɒzɪk/; born 1968) is an American journalist and television critic. He is the chief TV critic for The New York Times, he previously wrote Time's Tuned In column for 16 years.[1]

James Poniewozik
Born1968 (age 50–51)
Alma mater
  • Journalist
  • television critic
Years active1997–present

Early lifeEdit

Originally from Monroe, Michigan, his father was Catholic, and of Polish descent. His mother was Jewish from a Sephardi background from Morocco. Poniewozik attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, graduating with a BA in English (1986–1990). He subsequently attended the graduate program in fiction writing at New York University.


He contributed to publications such as The New York Times Book Review, Fortune, and Rolling Stone. From 1997 to 1999, he was the media critic and editor of the media section at[2]

Poniewozik was Time's television critic from 1999 to 2015, his Tuned In column critiquing television and related media. In August 2015, it was announced that he would join The New York Times' culture desk as chief television critic.[1]

Liveright published his book, Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America, in September 2019.[3][4]

Personal lifeEdit

Poniewozik lives in Brooklyn. He attended church as a child, and became an atheist as a teenager; he has since described himself as "culturally Jewish".[5]


  1. ^ a b "James Poniewozik Joins The New York Times As Chief TV Critic". The New York Times. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "James Poniewozik Author Page". Time. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Poniewozik, James (2019-09-10). Audience of One: Donald Trump, television, and the politics of illusion. [S.l.]: Liveright Publishing Co. ISBN 1631494422. OCLC 1084328508.
  4. ^ "James Poniewozik on [Audience of One] |". Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  5. ^ "Robo-James' Time Machine: How TV Taught Me to Be Jewish". Time. August 31, 2009.

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