James K. Glassman is an American conservative editorialist, journalist, diplomat and author. He is currently the host of the television program "Ideas in Action," which airs on PBS member stations across the country. On December 11, 2007 Glassman was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace Karen Hughes as the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy.
In 2007, Glassman became Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an independent federal agency that provides programming about America to non-American overseas audiences via the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). Earlier he founded The American, the magazine of ideas for business leaders, published by the American Enterprise Institute, and was its editor-in-chief and from 2005 to 2007.
He is a frequent commentator on business and investing issues, and has published in newspapers around the world, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic Monthly, Reader's Digest, and The Times Literary Supplement (London). He was co-author of Dow 36,000, published in 1999, which was overenthusiastic about the stock market.
On September 3, 2009, it was announced that Glassman will head the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy institute at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The Institute will be located at Southern Methodist University.