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Pete Hamill
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Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill (born 1935) is a prominent American journalist and novelist. He is currently on the staff of The New Yorker.

Hamill was born in Brooklyn as the oldest of seven children of Irish immigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Catholic schools as a child. He left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheetmetal worker, and then joined the United States Navy.

In 1960, Hamill begain 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 correspdent, he covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland. In different periods, Hammill was both editor-in-chief of both the New York Post and the New York Daily News.

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.

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