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Name: James MIchael Surowiecki                                                       
Born: 1967                                                                           
James Michael Surowiecki (b. 1967) is an American journalist. He                     
is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where he writes a regular column on             
business and finance called "The Financial Page".                                   
Surowiecki's writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The     
New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Artforum, Wired, and       
Before joining The New Yorker, he wrote The Bottom Line column for New York         
magazine and was a contributing editor at Fortune. In Alexandria, Virginia he       
was editor-in-chief of Rogue magazine from 1995-96 and a staff writer for Motley     
Fool. He was a finance columnist for Slate from 1997-2000.                           
In 2002, Surowiecki edited an anthology, Best Business Crime Writing of the Year,   
a collection of articles from different business news sources that chronicle the     
fall from grace of various CEOs. In 2004, he published The Wisdom of Crowds, in     
which he argued that small groups exhibit more intelligence than isolated           
individuals and that collective intelligence shapes business, economies,             
societies and nations.                                                               
He was born in Meriden, Connecticut and spent several childhood years in             
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico where he received a junior high school education from         
Southwestern Educational Society (SESO). On May 5, 1979, he won the Scripps-Howard   
Regional Puerto Rico Spelling Bee championship. He is a 1984 graduate of Choate     
Rosemary Hall and a 1988 alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel       
Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Surowiecki pursued PhD studies in             
American History on a Mellon Fellowship at Yale University before becoming a         
financial journalist. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is married to Slate         
culture editor Meghan O'Rourke.