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Jim Nelson Edit Profile

Editor-in-chief , Publishing executive

Jim Nelson, American publishing executive, editor-in-chief. Recipient National Magazine award for General Excellence, American Society Magazine Editors, 2008, 2010.


Nelson, Jim was born on March 8, 1963 in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States.


Bachelor in American Studies, University Notre Dame, Indiana.


Nelson began his journalism career in television, first working as a producer and writer at CNN and later moving to Hollywood where he worked briefly as a writer's assistant on television sitcoms. He made the shift to magazines at age thirty, starting with an internship at Harper's Magazine, under Lewis Lapham, and moved to GQ shortly thereafter to work as an editor. After working under Art Cooper as an executive editor, Nelson was appointed by Condé Nast to replace him as editor-in-chief in 2003.

Nelson lives with his boyfriend, John Mario Sevilla, a dancer and choreographer.


  • Other Work

    • Works featured in Best American Sports Writing, 2001.