Pete Hamill is a prominent American journalist, novelist, and short story writer. He is currently on the staff of “The New Yorker”.
In the early 1950s, he studied at the School of Visual Arts. In 1960, Hamill began working as a reporter for the New York Post. In subsequent years, he became one of the city’s best known reporters, as columnist for the Post, the “New York Daily News”, and “Newsday”. As a foreign correspondent, he covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland. In different periods, Hamill was editor-in-chief of both the “New York Post” and the “New York Daily News”. His work landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.
Hamill published two collections of journalism, a book about the relationship of tools to art, and a book about New York City, along with “Why Sinatra Matters”, an essay on the music of the late singer. His articles have also appeared in the “Village Voice”, “Esquire”, “Vanity Fair”, “Playboy” and “New York”. Hamill has also written fiction, producing eight novels and two collections of short stories. He also published a memoir, “A Drinking Life”, which detailed how he overcame his alcoholism.