Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson
February 22. 2013 1:52PM
Jason Hawes was born in Canandaigua, New York on December 27, 1971. He founded the Rhode Island Paranormal Society out of his garage in 1990. He has been a plumber for Roto-Rooter for many years and that is where he met his business partner and close friend, Grant Wilson. Wilson, who also works for Roto-Rooter, came on board in 1995 and the name of the paranormal business was changed to the Atlantic Paranormal Society (also known as TAPS). They are still honorary employees of Roto-Rooter, although the television series has taken precedence over their lives.
Jason and his wife Kris have five children, three girls and twin boys. He is the co-author (along with Grant Wilson and Michael Jan Friedman) of two books on the paranormal, "Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from the Atlantic Paranomal Society" and "Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of the Atlantic Paranormal Society."
Grant Wilson was born in rural Rhode Island on July 3, 1974. He and his wife Reanna have three sons. On the February 15, 2012 episode of Ghost Hunters, Grant announced that he would be leaving the show for personal reasons. The episode gave the show its highest ratings in 15 months with 2.2 million viewers. His final episode will air May 16, 2012.
Ghost Hunters, which became the network's longest-running show, premiered on October 6, 2004. It features a group of paranormal investigators, led by Jason and Grant, exploring purportedly haunted locations. They have traveled throughout New England and New Hampshire and investigated sites like the Coast Guard Station and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle and Kimball Castle in Gilford. They have also been to many sites throughout the United States. The crew takes temperature and electromagnetic field readings as well as recordings of electronic voice phenomena (or EVP's) to use as supporting evidence in determining whether a location is haunted.