Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson has been editor-in-chief of GQ since March 2003.

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Jim was appointed to the post following the retirement of Art Cooper.

Nelson joined the magazine as a senior editor in 1997, and in 2002 he became co-executive editor. During his career at the magazine, he worked closely with contributors such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Charles Bowden, Michael Paterniti, and Guy Lawson. Two pieces Nelson edited by Gilbert and Paterniti were finalists for National Magazine Awards by the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2003; a special issue Nelson edited—The Male Species—was also nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Single-Topic Issue category. His own writing for GQ was cited in The Best American Sports Writing 2001.

In 2009, Nelson and GQ were honored with a National Magazine Award for Photography, and were finalists for a magazine-record of seven additional categories. Nelson and GQ were awarded the 2008 National Magazine Award for General Excellence (500,000 to 1,000,000 circulation), as well as being finalists for Feature Writing, Reviews and Criticism, Design, and Photography. For 2007, Nelson and GQ were National Magazine Award finalists in the categories of General Excellence, Feature Writing, Reviews and Criticism, and Design. In 2006 Nelson and GQ were National Magazine Award finalists for Leisure Interests, Feature Writing, Profile Writing, Reviews and Criticism, and Design. And in 2005, the magazine was a National Magazine Award finalist in the Feature Writing, and Reviews and Criticism categories.

Before joining GQ, Nelson was an editor at Harper's, where he was responsible for the Readings section. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Gourmet, and Food & Wine.

Nelson graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies.

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