James came to ANU after a long career as a journalist who specialised in politics, international relations and developments in the South Pacific.
Originally from Adelaide, James and his family settled in Canberra more than 20 years ago after he completed a two-year posting in Papua New Guinea.
From his office in the Press Gallery in Parliament House, or over coffee at the parliamentary café, James kept a close eye on national affairs for the Reuters global news agency, and previously for the Australian news agency AAP.
He started covering politics when Bob Hawke was in power, and has reported on six prime ministers during his time in Canberra. He maintains a keen interest in Australian history, music and world affairs.