John Christensen is an author and award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared numerous books, magazines, newspapers and websites.
He is the author of Perfect Swing, Imperfect Lies: The Legacy of Golf’s Longest Hitter and Serve: The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation Story. He also contributed to four other books, including a Martin Luther King Jr. book entitled Voices: Reflections on an American Icon in Stories and Song and CNN’s Katrina: State of Emergency.
He has reported extensively on hard news, sports and the environment; been a rock music critic and sports columnist; reviewed books and films; and written editorials and environmental columns. He also contributed to the websites for two CNN-TV specials: “Millennium,” and the award-winning series, “The Cold War.”
His assignments have included rafting the Ohio River, canoeing the Canadian Boundary Waters, kayaking the Na Pali coast of Kauai and flying in an F-4F Phantom fighter jet.
He has interviewed artist Billy Al Bengston, photographer Aaron Siskind and sculptor Isamu Noguchi; musicians Count Basie, Yo-Yo Ma, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers, Tammy Wynette and ZZ Top; athletes Magic Johnson, John McEnroe, Joe Montana, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Sugar Ray Leonard; authors Leon Edel, Carl Sagan, Frank Herbert and Philip Caputo; and poets Galway Kinnell, W.S. Merwin, Gary Snyder and Diane Wakoski.
He interviewed the first man to reach the top of Mt. Everest (with Hilary), Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, and the first man to ski down it, Yuichiro Miura.
Other interviews include supermodels Jerry Hall and Marie Helvin; Morganna, the Kissing Bandit; Dick Clark; Vincent Price; and Playboy’s 25th anniversary playmate. He has written profiles of Ram Dass, Neale Donald Walsch, Paul Reps, Deepak Chopra, Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama.
As an on-camera talent, he has appeared in dozens of commercials and print media.
He lives in Atlanta.