John Hamer

John Hamer was a Times editorial writer and columnist from 1977-1990. He later co-founded the Washington News Council, a non-profit citizens’ group. He retired in 2015 and now writes a regular column for the Mercer Island Reporter.

Cross-Country Skiing in Russia: A Reporter’s 1984 Visit to the USSR

I wasn’t spying or committing espionage, but I did break a few rules that might have landed me in a Russian prison.