Plantation, Florida, United States: Carl Hiaasen born March 12, 1953 is an American journalist, columnist, and novelist.
Hiaasen was born in 1953 and raised in Plantation, Florida, then a rural suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He was the first of four children born to Odel and Patricia Hiaasen. He has Norwegian and Irish ancestry. He started writing at age six when his father bought him a typewriter. After graduating from Plantation High School in 1970 he entered Emory University, where he contributed satirical humor columns to the student-run newspaper The Emory Wheel. In 1972, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he wrote for The Independent Florida Alligator. Hiaasen graduated in 1974 with a degree in journalism.
He was a reporter at Cocoa Today for two years before being hired in 1976 by the Miami Herald, where he worked for the city desk, Sunday magazine and investigative team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been a regular columnist for the newspaper. His columns have been collected in three published volumes, Kick Ass Paradise Screwed and Dance of the Reptiles all edited by Diane Stevenson.
In 2005, Hiaasen was the subject of a 60 Minutes profile by Steve Kroft.