Jim I. Gabbe is a filmmaker, writer, editor, publisher and communications professional who has written for newspapers, magazines, the movie industry, corporations and the U.S. Army. He has also been a university lecturer in journalism, advertising and business writing, and is a professional photographer.
Jim’s documentary on China, Journey with the Giant, is currently being screened in the U.S. and internationally to growing acclaim. His historical work, The Universe of Union Square, was published in collaboration with Barnes & Noble booksellers. His other written work includes MARCH, a dramatic play. His feature-length screenplay Duke was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox and later optioned and taken into development by TriStar. He is currently working on two documentary projects: A More – or Less – Perfect Union, which explores the state of union/disunion in the United States; and To The Mountaintop, which takes an in-depth look at the coming new nexus of global power – China and India, neighbors representing the world’s largest authoritarian and largest democratic states. Jim participates in many educational forums and panels related to his documentary, book and theatrical work, having appeared at Brown University, Columbia University, London City University, University of North Texas, Northeastern University and Pepperdine University (in the U.S. and China), among others, and at libraries, cultural centers, theaters and other venues.
Jim founded gabbegroup, a public relations, marketing and digital publishing firm, in New York City in 1980. gabbegroup works with for-profit and not-for-profit institutions and corporations in a wide array of industries. Among the many business organizations for whom his firm has provided senior-level communications are Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey and Merrill Lynch. gabbegroup clients also include such educational institutions as Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, UCLA, University of Texas and Vanderbilt University. He is the recipient of numerous communications awards for video/multimedia and print communications, including Questar, Galaxy, Telly, Astrid and Mercury Awards, and is the author of The Wyman-Gordon Way, a two-volume history of what became the world’s largest high-tech metals forging company.
Jim began his communications career as a correspondent for The Boston Globe and staff reporter for the Providence Journal-Bulletin. During his initial service in the U.S. Army, he was a Public Information Officer. Upon attaining the rank of captain, Jim was appointed a Military Assistance Command (MACV) Historian, writing a section of the Department of Defense Official History of the Vietnam War, for which he received numerous decorations including a Bronze Star Medal. He was publisher/editor of an award-winning chain of weekly newspapers and periodicals in Massachusetts and taught various writing courses at Northeastern University in Boston and Marymount College in New York.
Jim is active in various civic, business, arts and educational organizations. He served for many years as the president of the Union Square Partnership, the first Business Improvement District (BID) in the U.S. and serves on the boards of the New York Children’s Theatre and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. Northeastern University recently established the “Creative Leaders Scholarship” in his name. Jim serves on the Advisory Council of the Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, The Wilderness Society and Vietnam Veterans of America. He was named an “East Side Hero” for community service by Our Town newspaper.
A magna cum laude graduate of Northeastern University, Jim holds an M.A. in history from Brown University, an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is completing an M.S. Ed. in educational psychology at Columbia University Teachers’ College.