John Hood currently serves as the President of a right-wing, free-market think tank in North Carolina called the John Locke Foundation.
Hood is also "a syndicated columnist for the High Point Enterprise, the Gaston Gazette, the Durham Herald-Sun, and newspapers in 50 other North Carolina communities. He is a regular radio commentator and a weekly panelist on 'N.C. Spin,' a discussion program that is broadcast on 16 television stations in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Asheville, and elsewhere. He also created 'Carolina Journal Radio,' a weekly newsmagazine broadcast on 18 radio stations," states his profile on the think tank's website. 
Hood and tobacco
The John Locke Foundation has received funding from tobacco companies for "public policy work", some of which has become public knowledge. An August, 1994 article written by JLF President, John Hood, in Consumer Research argues for "free-choice" for tobacco users and the loosening of restrictions on tobacco use. 
- John Locke Foundation, "John Locke Staff, Fellows, & Scholars - Biographies: John Hood", accessed November 2007.
- J. Hood, "Anti-Smoking War Could Deny Consumers Choice", Consumer Research, John Locke Foundation, Bates Number 2503017203, June 1994.