Hank Nuwer is a journalist and author. His main in-progress projects are a biography of Kurt Vonnegut for Indiana University Press and his second historical novel set in the American West. He maintains the Hazing Deaths database.
His public life stems from his journalism teaching and for his young adult and scholarly books on the topic of hazing in society including Hazing: Destroying Young Lives, Wrongs of Passage, High School Hazing, Broken Pledges, and The Hazing Reader. Early in his career, he worked as a freelance writer with photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg, now a contributor to National Geographic magazine. His early book, Rendezvousing with Contemporary Authors has interviews with David Mamet, William Least Heat Moon, Kurt Vonnegut, Rosemary Rogers, James Dickey, John Jakes, Maurice Sendak and many other writers. He has written books suitable for teens including Sons of the Dawn, High School Hazing, The Legend of Jesse Owens, Steroids and To the Young Writer.
Hank graduated from Buffalo State College (B.S.) and New Mexico Highlands University (M.A.); he has an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York (Buffalo State, 2006) and taken additional graduate coursework at the University of Nevada and Hamline University. Ball State University awarded him its doctoral equivalency for his research and publications in 1986 and elected him in 2010 to the BSU Journalism Hall of Fame. He is married to Malgorzata (Gosia) Wroblewska-Nuwer, an accountant executive for an international firm. He has two grown sons and two grandchildren. Gosia has one grown daughter named Natalia, a Ph.D. in biology and researcher. Hank and Gosia’s black Labrador retriever named Casey died peacefully on April 17, 2018. The couple lives in Indiana and Warsaw, Poland.
Charitable work: He contributes regularly to the Buffalo State College Hank Nuwer Collection and BSC Hazing Collection under BSC archivist Daniel DiLandro
A founding board member of HazingPrevention.org, he contributes to its annual Hank Nuwer antihazing hero awards. Hank contributes to the Hank Nuwer Antihazing Hero Awards for HazingPrevention.org