James Brooke
James Bettner Brooke

(1955-02-21) February 21, 1955 (age 66)
Notable credit(s)
Bloomberg News, The New York Times, the Miami Herald, The Berkshire Eagle
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Ann Heilman, Pen Soy
Childrenfour sons

James Bettner Brooke[1] (born February 21, 1955, in New York City[2]) is an American journalist who currently serves as editor in chief of the Ukraine Business News, an English-language subscription news site based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously, he was editor in chief of the English-language Khmer Times newspaper, in Cambodia. From 2010 to 2014, he was the Russia/former Soviet Union Bureau Chief for Voice of America, based in Moscow. For VOA, he wrote Russia Watch, a weekly blog. Previously, he worked as Moscow Bureau Chief for Bloomberg. Before Bloomberg, he reported for 24 years for The New York Times, largely overseas in countries such as Japan, South Korea, Ivory Coast and Brazil.

Posts held by Brooke at The New York Times have included:

Brooke graduated from Yale University with a BA in Latin American studies and was a stringer for United Press International as a student. In 1976, he spent a semester at Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro.

After graduation, Brooke was a freelance reporter and part-time staffer at The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts from June 1977 to April 1978. Prior to joining the Times as a reporter in 1984, he was the South American correspondent for the Miami Herald.


  1. ^ "James Brooke Weds Elizabeth A. Heilman." The New York Times, 8 September 1985.
  2. ^ The New York Times Ask a Reporter Q&A: James Brooke