Jim Browning, who was born in Fort Benning, Ga., grew up in Northern Virginia, New York and Hawaii. He received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.
Mr. Browning began his journalism career in 1972 as a researcher and night manager at CBS-TV's Paris bureau. Remaining in Paris, in 1973 he began free-lancing for Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting Co.), Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the Christian Science Monitor and other news organizations. He was appointed Group W's Bonn bureau chief in 1974 and covered political, economic and social developments in Europe and Asia, including the fall of Saigon and the 1976 winter Olympics.
When Group W closed its foreign news bureaus in 1976, he returned to Paris and resumed free-lancing for the Christian Science Monitor, becoming its primary reporter in France. He also wrote for the Washington Star and served as contributing editor of Atlas World Press Review, a New York-based magazine. He covered French politics and East-West military tensions.
Mr. Browning joined The Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong in 1979 and traveled throughout East Asia first covering financial and later political developments. He was named Tokyo bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal in December 1983 and moved to Paris in 1986 as bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal Europe.
In August 1993, Mr. Browning returned to the domestic Journal as a New York based reporter, working on the foreign desk. He began writing for the Journal's Money & Investing section in February 1995 and covers the stock market.
In 1986 Mr. Browning's articles on Japanese trade issues won an Overseas Press Club award in the category of best business or economic news reporting from abroad for newspapers or wire services.
In 2009 he was one of a group of Journal reporters who were finalists for a 2009 Pulitzer Prize, and who won the Institute of Political Journalism's 2009 Excellence in Economic Reporter Award, for articles on the turmoil in the investment community.