Hank Nuwer is a journalist, author and speaker on hazing in athletics and Greek Life at Greek University. His next projects are varied, a sweeping 175,000 word treatment of hazing in American culture, a biography of Kurt Vonnegut, and his second historical novel set in the American West. He maintains the Hazing Deaths database. Link here for a summary of recent coverage. He formerly taught journalism at Franklin College 2002-May 2020), Clemson, the University of Richmond and Ball State University; the latter elected him to the BSU Journalism Hall of Fame.
He has lectured at colleges from the University of Alaska to the University of Maine, including Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Oregon, Stetson and Hofstra. He has presented podcasts for NASPA, Paperclip, and Stophazing.org.
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 under a very good teacher and writer named Lia Purpura. 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. He has two grown sons and two grandchildren. Gosia has one grown daughter, a Ph.D. in biology. Hank and Gosia’s black Labrador retriever named Casey died peacefully on April 17, 2018. The couple lives in Indiana and Warsaw, Poland–with frequent visits to their Alaska properties in Tok and Alexander Creek, AK.
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
He has presented at more than 150 universities in the United States, Canada and Poland. He has appeared in many documentaries and news programs such as CBS Sunday Morning (below photo) and BBC. He presented the Northeast Greek Association’s Hank Nuwer Antihazing Award in Baltimore on Feb. 28, 2020. On June 3, 2020, he will participate by Zoom in a conference in Warsaw sponsored by Poland’s College of Criminology and Penitentiary Studies.
His interests include travel with his wife Malgorzata, collecting authors on international stamps, flyfishing, riding horses, reading (of course), and trying to regain his former proficiency in Latin.