John Hammontree is a co-founder of Reckon. Currently he serves as executive producer of Reckon Radio, winner of the 2021 National Edward R. Murrow Award for best podcast. John also hosts the Reckon Interview podcast, an award-winning weekly series, and writes The Conversation, a weekly newsletter that digs into ideas, perspectives and people that you're not likely to find in other media. John is also senior producer of the CNN podcast, Downside Up, hosted by Chris Cillizza.
John joined Alabama Media Group in 2015 as an editorial writer and managed guest opinion prior to spearheading the launch of Reckon in 2017. John is a two-time winner of the International News Media Association’s award for Best of Video, a winner of the Green Eyeshade Award for Best Editorial Writing in the Southeast and a finalist for the Scripps Howard Award for Opinion Writing.
He helps readers and listeners understand the big picture through historical analysis, policy deep dives and conversation.