Jamie Reno is a modern-day Renaissance Man. An author, journalist, cancer survivor, singer-songwriter-guitarist, and patient advocate, Jamie is a longtime correspondent with Newsweek magazine. He has also written for the New York Times, Daily Beast, Sports Illustrated, Inside Sports, Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Magazine and USA Today. Jamie has won more than 90 writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Diego Press Club, including the Press Club’s Best of Show award five times. Jamie was the lead reporter on a Newsweek series on the 9/11 terror attacks that earned him and his colleagues the Magazine Award for General Excellence, the highest honor in magazine journalism.

Jamie is also the author of Hope Begins in the Dark: 40 Lymphoma Survivors Tell Their Exclusive Life Stories, which has received international praise. Jamie is also a dedicated patient advocate and has partnered with such organizations as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, I2y, Steps For Living, Greg Wolf Fund, LiveStrong, and Vital Options International.

In his “other life,” Jamie is a popular singer-songwriter-guitarist who’s performed and recorded his life-affirming songs with such artists as Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, and members of The Eagles, Chicago, the Beach Boys family, Allman Brothers, Little River Band and Steely Dan.

Jamie is a 16-year survivor of stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. He lives in San Diego with his wife Gabriela and their daughter, Mandy.

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"Sensitive, thoughtful, humorous, and poignant."


Michael Werner Director, Lymphoma Research Foundation

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