John Hamer is executive director of the Washington News council, an independent forum for media fairness. Hamer was formerly associate editorial-page editor at The Seattle Times and previously associate editor with Congressional Quarterly/Editorial Research Reports in Washington, D.C. After leaving The Times, Hamer became senior fellow at Discovery Institute. He later joined the Washington Institute for Policy Studies as vice president and co-editor of CounterPoint, the group's media-critique newsletter. He also co-authored the "Watchdogs" media column in Seattle Weekly and Eastsideweek. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. He is a member of Seattle 4 Rotary. He and his wife live on Mercer Island.