John Hockenberry

Host, The Takeaway


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:

Doctor-Patient Dialogue: The Most Important Diagnostic Tool

Thursday, March 09, 2017

What patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things. 

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A Paralyzed Veteran's Path to Hope and Love

Thursday, March 02, 2017

A new documentary tells the story of Sgt. Nick Mendes, who was paralyzed from the neck down by an IED in Afghanistan, and Wendy Eichler, the medical caregiver he fell in love with.


The Trump Era Resurfaces The Unresolved Riddle of the Constitution

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

By 2020, Americans may finally have a better understanding of what kind of person should be president of the United States, says Takeaway Host John Hockenberry. 

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Black Artist Tries to Bridge Racial Divides With KKK Members

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In a new documentary, musician, author, and artist Daryl Davis talks about his experience as a black man seeking out members of the KKK to challenge their prejudices.


Oroville Dam Draws Attention To Crucial Infrastructure Issues

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Officials warn that the nation’s tallest dam is at risk of breaking and sending a 30-foot wall of water into communities along the Feather River Basin.

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UConn Women's Basketball Pursues 100 Straight Wins

Monday, February 13, 2017

The UConn Huskies play sixth-ranked South Carolina tonight in pursuit of a 100-game win streak.


The Trump Administration Wades Deeper into Potential Conflicts of Interest

Friday, February 10, 2017

A look at the week in review for questionable ethical behavior from the Trump Administration, including the president's Nordstrom tweet and his wife's lawsuit against the Daily Mail.

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What To Expect At The 2017 Grammy Awards

Friday, February 10, 2017

Takeaway culture reporter Melissa Locker previews the 2017 Grammy Awards, from the big nominations and dark horses, to expected performances and remembrances.


In 'Coming Up Short,' Oral Histories Highlight the Struggles of Working Class Youth

Thursday, February 09, 2017

From 2008 to 2010, Jennifer Silva gathered the increasingly relevant oral histories of young, working-class adults struggling to make it in an economy that's left them behind. 

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Seattle Severs Ties With Wells Fargo Over Dakota Access Pipeline

Thursday, February 09, 2017

As the Army approves the final permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline, Seattle City Council voted to cut ties with Wells Fargo over its role as a lender to the project.

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New FCC Chairman Rolls Back Net Neutrality Rules

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

New chairman Ajit Pai, an FCC appointee from the Obama administration, has embarked on a series of measures to water down net neutrality rules that protect consumers.

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Romanians Protest Anti-Corruption Decree

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Despite the repeal of a corruption decree, nearly 500,000 Romanians took to the streets over the weekend, demanding the newly elected government step down.


With Settlement Growth, Israel Moves Away from Two-State Solution

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Over the past two weeks, Israel’s government has approved thousands of new homes in disputed territory, indicating that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been emboldened by President Trump.  

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Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Asia

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits Japan and South Korea this week, his first trip abroad. He will attempt to reassure allies and address North Korea's long range missile aspirations.


Author Paul Beatty's America Comes into Focus

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Paul Beatty's writing visits themes of race, justice and identity in America. He returns to The Takeaway to put the current political climate into the context of how he views the world.

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Trump's Veteran Affairs Nominee Is An Unconventional Pick

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs holds a hearing for VA secretary pick David Shulkin, a non-veteran and hold-over from the Obama administration.

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Donald Trump's Cell Phone Use May Pose Security Risk

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The exposure of President Trump and his team to security threats appears to be broad, with Trump continuing to use his old unsecured Android phone to tweet. 


How To Handle The "Privacy Paradox"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Note to Self's new series unpacks one of the greatest dilemmas in our wired-up world: how to stay connected without feeling intruded upon by our services and software.

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Stephen Bannon Joins Trump's National Security Council in "Radical" Move

Monday, January 30, 2017

President Trump elevated his Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon to a role on his National Security Council, a decision that many believe risks politicizing the council. 

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Grapple With Budget Shortfall

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Oklahoma is facing a $900 million budget shortfall, creating problems for everything from infrastructure to mental health spending.

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