James S. Denton

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Biographical Details

"James Denton is the publisher and editor of World Affairs and Demokratizatsiya, and the director of World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Heldref, Denton was the director of Freedom House, founded in 1941 by Eleanor Roosevelt and Wendell Willkie to promote freedom worldwide. In a consulting capacity, he represented Lech Walesa and Prime Ministers Viktor Orban of Hungary and Zoran Djindjic of Serbia; he also consulted to the OSCE, the National Democratic Institute, ABC News, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Denton is the recipient of awards and commendations from the President of Romania and the Prime Minister of Poland for his support of the region’s democratic transition, as well as from the Democratic Opposition of Serbia for his support of its effort to overthrow Slobodan Milosevic.

"Denton oversaw the development of the $20 million America at a Crossroads initiative, a 20-hour PBS documentary series that explores the challenges and opportunities America faces in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Crossroads was public television's most-watched series in 2007. Denton served as a Communications and Anti-Submarine warfare officer on a U.S. Navy warship beginning in 1974. Subsequent assignments included teaching Soviet submarine tactics, and serving in a special operations unit, as well as a watch officer at the Command Center for the Commander of the Atlantic Fleet." [1] national-forum-foundation

His father is Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr.


In 2006: "Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, president of the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, has announced that James S. Denton has been appointed executive director and chief operating officer of Heldref Publications. "we are delighted and fortunate to have Mr. Denton join out team," said Ambassador Kirkpatrick, "and we are anxious to make use of his well-documented vision, leadership, and management expertise to help take the organization to new heights."" [2]

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  1. World Affairs Bios, worldaffairsjournal, accessed January 18, 2011.
  2. James S. Denton appointed as executive director of Heldref publications, accessed January 19, 2011.