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.
John Hockenberry appears in the following:
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Takeaway Host John Hockenberry reflects on being a guest on The Daily Show, and what Jon Stewart's legacy means to him.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
In John Hockenberry's latest blog post, he argues that at least one branch of government should actually make a real decision to help Americans.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Records filed in Westchester County, New York appear to reveal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has both filed paperwork for a 2016 presidential run, and filed for divorce.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Over the weekend, NBC announced that it is launching a fact-checking investigation into the reporting of Brian Williams.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
In one Bangladeshi village, tigers kill about a person a week, but the locals accept it as a part of life. How do we incorporate wildlife into a planet with 7 billion people?
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
For the first time in history, more than 100 seats are now occupied by women, with 84 in the House and 20 in the Senate. But only two women are committee chairs.
Friday, January 23, 2015
From terrorism to climate change, Takeaway Host John Hockenberry explains why we should be optimistic even in the face of grim news in this latest blog post.
Monday, January 19, 2015
From Stephen Colbert to Charlie Hebdo, Takeaway Host John Hockenberry reflects on the serious responsibility of comedy in this latest blog post.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King was a legendary orator whose voice has taken its place in the songs of American liberation. The Takeaway explores the words of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Should Iraq continue to matter to America? For today's veterans, civilians, and soldiers, the answer has perhaps never been more important - or more urgent.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
More than 3.5 million Americans are living in "commuter marriages." Hundreds of you got in touch to tell us how you're hanging in there.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Writer Stefan Zweig tried to warn the world about the future, but he gave up and committed suicide in 1942 as the world was engulfed in the flames of World War II. As tensions continu...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A year ago today, no one knew what was about to happen, and for each runner, they knew it would be a momentous day. It was a momentous day for the whole city of Boston, the nation and the world of course.
Friday, February 28, 2014
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 ...
Friday, October 18, 2013
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 Americ...
Friday, September 27, 2013
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 a...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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...
Friday, September 06, 2013
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 C...
Thursday, August 29, 2013
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...