Hawk Hammer joined the KXLY News team in July of 2017 and is excited to get back to the Pacific Northwest. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2017 with degrees in Political Science, Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology and Communication after taking a year off from schooling to work as a reporter and fill-in anchor at NBC Montana in Missoula at age 20.
Hawk was born in Illinois, raised in Georgia and spent part of his junior year of high school as a foreign exchange student in Nanjing, China.
During his three years in college he competed for the Division 1 Track and Field team as a decathlete in the Big West Conference, worked at the California Raptor Center and also played violin for the Davis Symphony Orchestra.
In Montana he reported on everything ranging from forest fire evacuations to plane crashes to the complex year-long story of the City of Missoula's successful attempt to take over a privately owned utility company. He also volunteered at the Humane Society of Western Montana and played with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra while he lived there.
He's equally comfortable behind the desk or out in the field and loves to meet people impacted by his stories.
In his spare time he enjoys studying languages and is currently improving his Mandarin and French. He loves to get outdoors and hike, bike and canoe and is also a certified scuba diver.
He hopes to take his diverse geographical and educational background to bring you relevant, interesting, accurate and timely news stories. Don’t hesitate to send story ideas his way at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun fact: He’s traveled to 6 out of the 7 continents and hopes to get to Antarctica as soon as possible. He is also an experienced beekeeper.