Joshua Hammer

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Joshua Ives Hammer (born June 12, 1957) is an American journalist and foreign freelance correspondent [1] and bureau chief [2] for Newsweek and in Europe. While at Newsweek - he was the Nairobi Bureau Chief from 1993 to 1996, the South American Bureau Chief from 1996–1997, the Los Angeles Bureau Chief from 1997–2001, the Berlin Bureau Chief from 2000–2001, the Jerusalem Bureau Chief[3] His articles have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and many more.[4] [5]

Early life and education[edit]

Hammer was born to a Jewish family[6] and attended the Horace Mann School in Riverdale section of the Bronx, NY.[7] He obtained his B.A in English Literature from Princeton University in 1979 where he was Cum Laude.[7]


Hammer has three sons and currently resides with his family in Berlin, Germany.[4]


He and the photographer Gary Knight were kidnapped in the Gaza Strip in 2001.[8]



  • Hammer, Joshua (1999). Chosen by God : a brother's journey. New York: Hyperion.[9]
  • A Season in Bethlehem: Unholy War in a Sacred Place, 2003.[10]
  • Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, 2006.[1]
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, 2016.[11]



  1. ^ a b Heilbrunn, Jacob (17 September 2006). "Aftershocks". The New York Times. New York.
  2. ^ Murphy, Bernadette (23 September 2003). "A Season of Sorrow in Bethlehem". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles.
  3. ^ Gutman, Matthew (Fall 2003). "Sects in the City". The Jerusalem Post Literary Quarterly. Jerusalem. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Joshua Hammer". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Joshua Hammer- Authors- The Atlantic". The Atlantic. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  6. ^ Cleveland Jewish News: "The 30-plus most influential Jews in America" December 27, 2001
  7. ^ a b "Joshua Hammer - Official Site". Joshua Hammer. Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Newsweek Reporter Detained By Palestinians". Newsweek. 29 May 2001.
  9. ^ Kirsch, Jonathan (1 April 2000). "A Family Torn Apart by Its Jewishness". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles.
  10. ^ Farah, Christopher (27 October 2003). ""A Season in Bethlehem" by Joshua Hammer". Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  11. ^ "Paper trail". The Economist. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  12. ^ Smithsonian often changes the title of a print article when it is published online. This article is titled "A look into Brazil’s makeover of Rio’s slums" online.

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