John Hanc, author of Jones Beach: An Illustrated History, is an award-winning writer specializing in active sports, fitness and local history. A long-time contributor to Newsday and a contributing editor to Runnerís World magazine, his work has appeared in such publications as AARP Bulletin, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Family Circle, Men's Fitness, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Yoga Journal and American Heritage.com.
Hancís most recent book, The Coolest Race on Earth, based on his experiences participating in the Antarctica Marathon, was published by Chicago Review Press in January, 2009. In 2010, the book won Honorable Mention in the Memoir/Autobiography category of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors awards. His next book, Not Dead Yet, is a memoir he co-authored with professional bike racer Phil Southerland, a type 1 diabetic and founder of Team Type 1. The book will be published in May, 2011 by St. Martinís Press.
Hanc has lectured extensively on his books about Jones Beach and Antarctica; and appeared in both large chain and independent bookstores, where his talks have drawn up to 100 people. He has also been interviewed on NPR and ABC radio networks.
Hanc teaches classes in journalism and writing at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, where he is an associate professor.
A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Hanc received his masterís degree from the journalism school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association for Education in Journalism and the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies.
A fitness devotee and runner himself, Hanc completed his 27th career marathon in October, 2009. He, his wife Donna and son Andrew live in Farmingdale, New York.