Student, American River College, Sacramento, California, 1976; student, Contra Costa College, Richmond, California, 1977.
That book, and another written with Maharidge, Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, were produced while both men were on the staff of the Sacramento Bee. Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen credited Journey to Nowhere as an inspiration for two songs from his album The Ghost of Tom Joad, "Youngstown" and "The New Timer". The book was re-released in 1995 with a forward by Springsteen.\r\nOther books by Maharidge and Williamson are: "The Last Great American Hobo" (1993), "Homeland", and "Denison, Iowa".
In 1993, Williamson became a staff photographer for the Washington Post. That same year, he was named Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographer"s Association.\r\nOrphaned at an early age, Williamson grew up in a series of foster homes, a circumstance to which he attributes his interest in the poor and the downtrodden.
Member National Press Photographers Association (Kodak Crystal Eagle award 1994, Photographer of Year 1995), White House News Photographers Association (Photographer of Year 2000), Foreign Corrs.
Married Michelle Caroline Lambert, March 14, 1992. Children: Sophia Rose, Valerie Maria.