A fluent Arabic and French speaker, at 24 James traveled to Syria to report on the early days of the conflict. He was embedded with activist networks in Homs and the Damascus suburbs where he wrote for several UK newspapers and arranged access to the country for major broadcasters. He was hired by the BBC in 2012 for his specialism in Syria and the Middle East, and spent time as the corporation's Beirut Correspondent. In 2017 he was hired by American network ABC News to be a foreign correspondent based in London. James' work takes him around the world. He has reported on terrorist incidents across Europe; on the ongoing war in Syria; and from migrant camps throughout the region. James was nominated for the Royal Television Society 2016 Young Talent of the Year award.James is a graduate in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has a Masters of Science in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.