Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy winner and "Dateline NBC" correspondent, John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than two decades. He is the anchor of the new public radio morning show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI. He has reported from all over the world, in virtually every medium, having anchored programs for network, cable and radio.
Hockenberry was responsible for two of the most innovative programs to air on MSNBC. Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for "Dateline NBC" in January 1996 after a fifteen-year career in broadcast news at both National Public Radio and ABC News. Hockenberry's reporting for "Dateline NBC" earned him three Emmys, an Edward R Murrow award and a Casey Medal. His most prominent "Dateline NBC" reports include an hour-long documentary on the often-fatal tragedy of the medically uninsured, an emotionally gripping portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live on his own, and extensive reporting in the aftermath of September 11th.
In 2009, Hockenberry was appointed to the White House Fellows Commission by President Barack Obama where he participates in the selection of the annual Fellows for this most prestigious of Federal programs.
Hockenberry is also the author of “A River Out Of Eden” a novel based in the Pacific Northwest and "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence," a memoir of life as a foreign correspondent which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Details, and The Washington Post.
Hockenberry spent more than a decade with NPR as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and host of several programs. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), Hockenberry was assigned to the Middle East, where he filed reports from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Hockenberry also spent two years (1988-90) as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising. Hockenberry received the Columbia Dupont Award for Foreign News Coverage for reporting on the Gulf War.
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hockenberry grew up in upstate New York and Michigan, and attended both the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon. Hockenberry and his wife, Alison, live in New York City with their children, Zoe, Olivia, Zachary Regan and Ajax: two sets of twins, and a solo latecomer.
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In this very special Movie Date bonus podcast, listeners have a chance to re-listen to Rafer and Kristen's Oscar predictions from earlier in this year. Also, all three parts from The Takeaway series "Real People / Best Pictures" (produced by Kristen and hosted by John Hockenberry) are here, with some voices we don't normally hear on Oscar night (but maybe should).
As part of our series "Young Nation Under God?," The Takeaway will host a live online chat today from 2-3 PM Eastern. The chat will focus on the changing role religion plays in American society, particularly for the millennial generation (ages 18-30). The live chat will be moderated our host John Hockenberry and Lisa Pearce, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. Together John and Lisa will answer your questions and examine religion in America.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared at the Asia Society in Manhattan last night, and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry was on-site to witness Rouhani's speech and even a surprise appearance. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived fresh from his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry—the first substantive high level meeting between the two countries since 1979. Geneive Abdo, fellow with the Middle East program at The Stimson Center and non-resident fellow at The Brookings Institution, explains the diplomatic path being forged by Iran.
Today at 2:00 PM Eastern time, The Takeaway's John Hockenberry will host a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary of State John Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, also joins this live chat. Together John and Joseph answer your questions and ask your opinions of the road to U.S. intervention in Syria.
The Senate and the House directed their concerns and inquiries to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Takeaway listeners left us with dozens of thoughtful questions to be considered before a decision is made on Syria. Our host John Hockenberry looks to the hearings to bring answers to you here.
The NYPD uses “terrorism enterprise investigations” that are carried out for multiple years and allow the police to plant informants in mosques. Linda Sarsour is executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, which was allegedly targeted for surveillance by the NYPD. She joins The Takeaway to discuss the state of Muslim-NYPD relations and how they have changed over the years.
Beginning next month, the online news site will require users to comment on stories under their real names. Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, says the site has garnered more than 260 million comments since it launched, and she wants the media property to promote civil conversation.
Eydie Gorme died yesterday at the age of 84 surrounded by her family in Las Vegas, the city where she and her husband Steve Lawrence performed so often and where they got married in 1957. She was famous as a crossover Latin American singer from the Tropicana days of the 1950's. John Hockenberry has this remembrance.
Takeaway Host John Hockenberry visited the American Physical Society's newest production—but it's not what you would expect. The Intergalactic Travel Bureau looks like any other travel agency. But the destinations at this travel agency are different than what you might be used to. Instead of beach resorts and ancient cities, there are astrophysicists acting as travel agents who advise guests on which would be a better vacation—the far off rings of Saturn or the nearby moon. On today's show, we look at the different aspects of space tourism.