is a theater critic for TheNew York Times
. Throughout a journalistic career that began in Dallas
as a cub reporter covering the assassination of President Kennedy, and later carried him to London
, and the Middle East
as a foreign correspondent, his abiding passion for the theater remained constant. After joining The New York Times
as an editor, that lifelong love led him into a position as a theater critic and feature writer, reviewing plays and conducting interviews on a freelance basis for the paper. Over the course of the past 20 years, he has reviewed more than 500 stage productions for The Times
, and although he left his editorial position on the paper in 2006, he continues to review plays and write articles on the theater on a regular basis.
Hampton has published several Young Adult nonfiction books: Kennedy Assassinated: The World Mourns
, Meltdown: A Race Against Nuclear Disaster at Three Mile Island
and September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City
, War in the Middle East: A Reporter’s Story
(those 4 were published by Candlewick Press), and a biography of Elvis Presley published by Viking Childrens Books as part of their "Close Up" series.