Pete Hamill is the author of twenty-two books, including News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century, Why Sinatra Matters, and the novels Forever and North River. As a journalist he has reported on wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon, and Northern Ireland; written columns for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, Newsday, The Village Voice, New York magazine, and Esquire; and served as editor-in-chief of both the Post and the Daily News.
Hamill has edited a Library of America volume, A. J. Liebling: World War II Writings, which anthologizes the classic war reporting of another legendary writer, the New Yorker’s A.J. Liebling. On March 25, Hamill spoke at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism about the book, its groundbreaking subject, the evolution of war reporting, and his own views of journalism today.
An audio file of the talk is available here. Enjoy.