Jim Yardley was born in New York on June 18, 1964, but as an infant moved to North Carolina, where he attended public schools and later the University of North Carolina. He has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years, mostly with The New York Times as a foreign correspondent. He has won a Pulitzer prize, a George Polk award, a Gerald Loeb award and other honors for his overseas dispatches. He has reported from China, India, Bangladesh, Italy, the Vatican and more than two dozen other countries. He and his wife, Theo, live in Rome with their children: Olivia, George and Eddie.