Christopher Hann

 

In more than 25 years as a professional journalist, Christopher Hann has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, adjunct professor, and freelance writer and editor. He’s won awards for reporting and writing on diverse topics, from politics to the environment and Jerry Lee Lewis to Yogi Berra. These days he writes about culture, travel, sports, historic preservation, business, education and more.

Chris is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Art & Antiques. His work has appeared in Arrive (the Amtrak magazine), Continental, Elevations (for Ritz-Carlton club members), Entrepreneur, Executive Traveler, New Jersey Life, New Jersey Monthly, the Encyclopedia of New Jersey, and Ritz-Carlton. In the summer he teaches two journalism courses at Rutgers University.

Chris also writes for alumni magazines at two New Jersey colleges and for trade magazines covering education (District Administration) and the insurance industry (Leader’s Edge). And he contributes articles on health and fitness to a proprietary web site devoted to workplace wellness.

Although he’s been freelancing full time since 2006, Chris has not yet figured out what to say when he’s asked, “So, what do you write about?” The fact is, he writes about a lot of stuff. In recent months he’s written about:

  • The Irish Georgian Society, which for 50 years has worked to preserve Ireland’s finest architecture
  • The tiny seaside village of Stonington, Maine, the lobster capital of America
  • A sociology professor who teaches a course for college students and prison inmates at a women’s prison
  • A tour of art galleries and museums in Dublin
  • A botanical photographer who donated a five-volume, leather-bound book of 250 photographs to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • The appeal of exotic Italian cars such as Lamborghini and Ferrari
  • A pair of eccentric interior designers who live in a century-old ferry boat docked on the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • The woman in charge of rules education at the United States Golf Association
  • A Los Angeles man who founded a museum to display his mother’s collection of African-American memorabilia, the world’s largest such private collection.

Chris began his journalism career as a daily newspaper reporter at the tiny News-Review in Roseburg, Oregon, which in 1982 happened to be the only newspaper in America to offer him a full-time job. He worked fifteen years in newspapers, including ten years at The Courier-News in Bridgewater, New Jersey. In 1997 he moved to magazines. As senior editor at New Jersey Monthly for nine years, he wrote investigative stories, features, and profiles, including one of Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. He also edited scores of stories that won regional and national awards.

Chris and his wife and business partner, Leslie Werstein Hann, live with their two sons next to a horse farm in the sylvan hills of Lebanon Township, New Jersey.

 

Professional Awards

 

2006 First Place, Profile Writing, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists for “It Ain’t Over,” a profile of baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra

2005 Bronze, Best Service Journalism, Magazine Association of the Southeast, for “Face Value,” about the process of commissioning a portrait

1999 Third Place, Feature Writing, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, for “Not Your Father’s Llewellyn Park,” about an exclusive Civil War–era housing development (once home to Thomas Edison) considered America’s first planned suburb

1998 Silver Medal, Reporting, City and Regional Magazine Association First Place, Reporting, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, for “Guilt by Perception,” a critical examination of the state’s criminal case against the former chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority {he was later acquitted of all twelve charges}

1996 First Place, Enterprise Reporting, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists First Place, Specialty Reporting, Best of Gannett, for “A River in Danger,” a four-part report about the Raritan River

1995 First Place, Journalism Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Reporting, Rutgers University/CIT Group First Place, Business Writing, New Jersey Press Association First Place, Enterprise Reporting, New Jersey Press Association, for “Johns-Manville’s Haunting Legacy Lives On,” a four-part series on a former asbestos factory in Manville, New Jersey, where hundreds of workers suffered asbestos-related diseases

1993 First Place, Spot News Reporting, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists Second Place, Daily Deadline Reporting, New Jersey Press Association, for “Doris Duke Dies,” lead staff writer on the death of the tobacco heiress

1991 Second Place, Feature Writing, New Jersey Press Association, for “The Shore Tour,” a weeklong series about eight towns along the Jersey Shore

1983 Second Place, Best Review, National Newspaper Association, for “The Killer Rocks On,” a review of a concert by Jerry Lee Lewis (The News-Review) Third Place, Best Investigative News Story, National Newspaper Association, for “Gays vs. the Church,” about the tension between a small-town Methodist church and the local gay community

1982 Second Place, Environmental Affairs Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, for “The Galesville Dam,” co-writer of three-part series on largest public works project in Douglas County history