JACK HAMANN lives in Seattle, where he is an author and journalist. His career spans thirty years, including a decade as a network correspondent and documentary producer for CNN and PBS. His work has earned dozens of journalism honors, including ten regional Emmy awards.
Jack’s assignments have taken him around the world. He's been inside a pen with wild wolves in Yellowstone National Park, inside a prison with convicted killers in Siberia, thirty miles offshore with fishermen chasing giant tuna in the North Atlantic, three miles above sea level with peasants battling blight in Peru, and miles from nowhere mushing a team of champion dogs in the Yukon. His lifetime travel also includes Cuba, China, South Africa, Nepal, Russia, Ethiopia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Panama, Brazil, Argentina and most of Europe and North America, including all 50 states (Arkansas was #50).
Jack is the author of On American Soil: How Justice Became a Casualty of WWII (Algonquin Books, 2005 | University of Washington Press, 2007), a nonfiction investigative account of one of the largest and most controversial events in American civil rights history. On American Soil was selected as the outstanding investigative book of 2005 by Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The book was directly responsible for an October 26, 2007 decision by the US Army Board for Correction of Military Records to overtun the verdicts in the infamous1944 Fort Lawton court-martial. Legislation signed by President George W. Bush on October 14, 2008 ensured that the surviving defendants, or their estates, receive back pay, plus compound interest.
Jack is the winner of the 2007 Horace Mann award, an honor bestowed on those who have achieved "victories for humanity." In 2008, the Washington State Bar Association honored him for "Excellence in Legal Journalism," and the Urban League presented him with its 2008 "Spirit Award."
Jack is a graduate of UCLA (B.A. Economics, 1976) and the University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1980).
From 1997-2009, Jack and his wife, Leslie, coached girls’ at Garfield High School in Seattle. They have two grown children.