Jim Hinch is a senior editor at Guideposts magazine.
He grew up in Los Angeles and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Berkeley and Oxford University. Before coming to Guideposts, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Southern California and Sacramento, where he covered Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (less fun than it sounds). He and his wife Kate live in New York City, where Kate is the rector of St. Michael’s Church, an Episcopal parish on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They have two children, Frances and Benjamin, who are in elementary school. Frankly, Jim would rather be back on the west coast, where he grew up and loves the landscapes, the weather, the diversity of cultures and the laid-back attitude. But he’s been happy to discover that there is nature near the big city, too. He and Kate and the kids have fallen in love with the Adirondack Mountains, where they go to hike, snowshoe and swim in lakes. Jim loves working at Guideposts because he gets to work with writers from all across America, helping them to tell stories that change readers’ lives.
Guideposts is America’s leading inspirational magazine, with more than one million subscribers. Since 1945, Guideposts has told stories of people whose lives are changed by faith in God. In a media landscape dominated by celebrities and division, Guideposts is a welcome oasis of everyday narrators and stories that show God at work in the world. Guideposts stories are usually first-person, with plainspoken writing and an emphasis on transformative life moments that other publications probably wouldn’t consider newsworthy. The hallmark of a good Guideposts story is an everyday narrator, a relatable spiritual problem and a resolution to that problem that teaches readers how to grow in their own faith. Guideposts is always looking for new writers. See our website (guideposts.org) for submissions guidelines.