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From AJR,   July/August 1999  issue

Hamillís New Gig   

Pete Hamill joins yet another New York publication--no, not another tabloid; this time itís the distinguished New Yorker.


By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (robertson.lori@gmail.com), a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      

Pete Hamill joins yet another New York publication--no, not another tabloid; this time it's the distinguished New Yorker. Hamill becomes a staff writer, penning pieces on "everything from arts and entertainment to politics," according to Perri Dorset, the New Yorker's director of public relations. For Hamill, 64, who considers himself a generalist, signing on with a wide-ranging publication like the New Yorker made sense. "For me, of all the magazines that are around right now, it's the best fit because it's not a narrow magazine." And, he adds, "I just think [New Yorker Editor David] Remnick's a terrific journalist." Hamill has filed an article about crime writer Ed McBain, though that may not be the one to mark his debut, says Dorset. A best-selling author whose titles include "A Drinking Life," Hamill has also worked the city's tabloid circuit, holding various posts at the New York Daily News (where he served as editor in chief for a short time), the late New York Newsday and the New York Post, where he got his start in 1960 and later had a brief, ill-fated stint as the editor.