James Fallows, Washington editor of The Atlantic Monthly, will address University of Utah graduates June 9 at commencement exercises.

Fallows, on assignment in the Far East since 1986 and a regular broadcaster for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.The U. ceremony will be held in the Jon M. Huntsman Center for the fourth consecutive year.

The Phi Beta Kappa award recipient and former Harvard Crimson editor has been an associate of Ralph Nader. He served as chief speech writer for President Jimmy Carter in 1977-78, following stints as staff editor of Texas Monthly and The Washington Monthly.

A National Magazine Award Finalist in 1987, Fallows is the author of two highly acclaimed books. The first,"National Defense," published in 1981, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a winner of the American Book Award.

This year, he turned his investigative skills to comparing and contrasting American and Japanese cultures in"More Like Us." The book has been called a "skeptic's tour of life in Japan and other Asian countries - economically thriving but socially, culturally and racially closed."

Fallows has been described as one of the ablest journalists in America and one of the most interesting voices of a young generation of political and societal reporters.