Jim Lichtenwalter is a writer, editor, and avid collector of crewneck sweatshirts. A Midwest transplant who grew up in the hot and humid suburbs of Atlanta, he has been writing for as long as he can remember. Jim studied journalism at Samford University, while working in the school’s marketing department, and contributing to its student newspaper, The Samford Crimson. Between his marketing writing job, two editorial internships, and editing gigs for The Crimson and Exodus Magazine, Jim got pretty good at the whole interviewing and writing thing.
After graduating, Jim received his master’s degree at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism. To pay the bills, he worked for UGA’s marketing department. Unfortunately, he never got to interview football coach Kirby Smart–or anyone even remotely associated with the football team for that matter–but he did get to write about a lot of amazing people doing incredible work at the university.
Jim joined the BuiltWorlds team in June 2018 as the company’s journalist. Since then he has been (self) described as “The Content Machine,” and has written about everything from drones to barges. When not dutifully laboring away in BuiltWorlds’ West Loop office, Jim enjoys second-guessing the Chicago Cubs’ lineups, trying desperately to finish Edmund Morris’s three-part Theodore Roosevelt biography (he’s almost done with book two), visiting Chicago’s numerous dive bars, and watching movies. He also recently bought a Nintendo Switch and is pretty excited about that.