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:

George Watsky Transforms Slam Poetry into Music and Theatre

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rapper and spoken word poet George Watsky's work is often autobiographical, and blurs the lines between music and theater.

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Shaun King: On The Frontlines of The Struggle for Racial Justice

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The New York Daily News senior justice writer reflects on how he has covered everything from police shootings to random acts of racism across the country.

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Corpus Christi Residents Cope with Tap Water Ban

Monday, December 19, 2016

The drinking water supply in Corpus Christi, Texas has been contaminated by an asphalt emulsifier.


Movies to Help You Get Through the Holidays

Friday, December 16, 2016

Update your Netflix queue beyond "Elf" and "Home Alone."

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In New Jersey, 13 Years of Mall Madness Costs Billions

Friday, December 16, 2016

There is only one large suburban mall under construction in the U.S. After billions of dollars and thirteen years, it's still unclear if it will finally get built. 


Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Second Time in a Decade

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is the first time the Fed has met since the election of Donald Trump, who has called for tax cuts and increased spending.


America's Puzzling Relationship with Speculation

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A history of slippery financial concept of speculation, and the the fine line between gambling and investment.


Activists Take on Elephant Poachers in "The Ivory Game"

Monday, November 21, 2016

A new documentary explores ivory trafficking by going undercover in Africa and China to find intelligence operatives, undercover activists, and frontline rangers.


Robbie Robertson's 'Testimony' on The Band

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

In a new memoir, The Band's main songwriter and lead guitarist recounts the formation, songwriting, and collaborations of his genre-defining Americana group.


Call-In Special: Hopes and Fears for the Next Four Years

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry fields calls to gauge the emotions of those awaiting a Trump Administration.

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Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, November 11, 2016

Reviews of the science-fiction film, 'Arrival' starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner and the dysfunctional-family comedy, 'Almost Christmas,' and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge. 


Voters React to Trump Election With #NotMyPresident

Friday, November 11, 2016

A movement has responded to the new administration, aligning under the hashtag #NotMyPresident, and it's manifesting across the country in the form of protests.

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Peter Yarrow on the Power of Music in Political Movements

Friday, November 11, 2016

Peter Yarrow has seen the power of music in progressive political movements.  Today, he's alarmed by the reemergence of issues he fought against in the 1960s and 70s. 

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The G.O.P. Moves Ahead

Thursday, November 10, 2016

While the G.O.P. swept the House and Senate, deep fissures remain. 


In Missouri, U.S. Senate Race in a Deadlock

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Democratic challenger Jason Kander and Republican incumbent Roy Blunt are polling just a point apart, despite Donald Trump’s sizable lead in the state.


Republican Rob Portman Pulls Ahead in Ohio Senate Race

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Democrat Ted Strickland is up against Republican incumbent Rob Portman. With just days before the election, it appears Portman has a solid lead against Strickland.


California Vets Forced to Pay Back Thousands in Enlistment Bonuses

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nearly 10,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are being ordered to repay enlistment bonuses. If they refuse, they'll be forced to pay interest charges and other fines.

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2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Who Will Make the Cut?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Takeaway Culture Reporter Melissa Locker fills us in on the nominees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Nirvana Bassist Krist Novoselic Wants a Fair Voting System

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Nirvana bassist is one of rock's most politically-minded musicians. As board chair for the group FairVote, he's advocating for ranked-choice voting to give voters more power.

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Medical Marijuana Returns to Florida's Ballot

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An amendment on Florida's ballot could vastly expand the types of patients who are eligible to use medical marijuana.