John Hankemeier has been the public information coordinator for the Eugene Police Department since 2013. Hankemeier has a background in multimedia production and began his career as a combat videographer for the United States Marine Corps in 1997. He has worked in various areas of production with organizations that include The Golf Channel in Orlando Florida, New Dawn Studios in Pacific Grove California, and most recently in 2012-2013, the local NBC television news affiliate, KMTR. He also spent four years as a manger in retail before graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Journalism in 2012. During his time at the university, he volunteered with the UO radio station KWVA, and received an Emmy nomination for a student documentary that was broadcast regionally on the Oregon Public Broadcasting station. While with the police department, Hankemeier has become proficient in other areas of multimedia that include design and presentation software and has attended FEMA’s Advanced Public Information Officer Course in Maryland.
On June 30, 2005, he met his future wife Jessica and step-son Jessie, and were married six months later on January 7, 2006. The Three J’s Insta-family then began a new chapter in their life when they ventured to Springfield Oregon in June, 2007, with their three cats Earl, Brier, Grady, who have all since passed, and adopted their dog Rusty in August, also in 2007. According to Greenhill Humane Society, where he was adopted, he survived Hurricane Katrina, was adopted in Houston and brought to Eugene, Oregon, where he was surrendered a year later at the age of four. He is now 17, going on 18.
As a student in the School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon, John was given an assignment to put together the following 3-minute documentary about himself, shot entirely by himself that was based on the theme “Essence,” and had to use the word in the video.
Disclaimer: All events that took place in this documentary are true, and everyone in the documentary is real.