Pete Hamill

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Pete Hamill
Pete Hamill @ Literary Lions panel @ BBF (8024216175) (cropped).jpg
Hamill in September 2012
Born(1935-06-24)June 24, 1935
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
DiedAugust 5, 2020(2020-08-05) (aged 85)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
OccupationWriter
Spouse(s)
Ramona Negron
(m. 1962; div. 1970)

Fukiko Aoki (m. 1987)
Websitepetehamill.com

Pete Hamill (/ˈhæmɪl/; June 24, 1935 – August 5, 2020) was an American journalist, novelist, essayist, editor and educator. He won the Grammy Award for Best Album Notes in 1976.

Career[change | change source]

He was known as "the author of columns that [looked] to [catch] the flavors of New York City's politics and sports and the particular pathos of its crime."[1]

Hamill was a columnist and editor for the New York Post and The New York Daily News. Hamill, along with fellow columnist Jimmy Breslin, were thought to be New York City's two best known street columnists of their time.

He was a friend of Robert F. Kennedy. Hamill pushed Kennedy to run for President of the United States, then worked for the campaign and covered it as a journalist. He was one of four men who disarmed Sirhan Sirhan of his gun in the aftermath of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination.[2]

Death[change | change source]

Hamill died at a hospital on August 5, 2020 from problems caused by a fractured hip, at age 85.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pete Hamill, a City Voice, To Head The Daily News". The New York Times. November 27, 1996.
  2. Eppridge, Bill. "Pete Hamill Remembers Robert F. Kennedy, ''NPR''". Npr.org. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
  3. McShane, Harry (August 5, 2020). "Legendary journalist and writer Pete Hamill dead at 85 after fall". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 5, 2020.

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