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:

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. 


Drug Industry Influence Keeps Medicare Prescription Costs High

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A new investigation into Medicare Part D finds that the drug industry is exerting its influence over insurance companies to keep costs high.

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Political Tension Grows in North Carolina

Monday, October 17, 2016

As a U.S. Senate race grows tighter, tensions in the Tar Heel State are also on the rise. On Saturday night, a Republican Party office in Hillsborough, North Carolina was firebombed.


Films to Catch and Skip at the Box Office This Weekend

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reviews of the Ben Affleck starring thriller, "The Accountant," the Holocaust denier drama "Denial," and the stand-up film "Kevin Hart: Now What?"

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Need a Break From the Election? Watch These Comedy Specials

Friday, October 14, 2016

This week, culture reporter Melissa Locker gives us a break from the election cycle with round-up of new comedy specials from veterans and up-and-comers.


South by South Lawn: Obama's Answer to SXSW

Friday, September 30, 2016

On Monday, President Obama will throw a mini arts festival called South by South Lawn at the White House.  


Report: Obese Patients Face Discrimination From Doctors

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A new study shows that some doctors view obese patients as "more annoying" and a bigger "waste of time than" patients who are not obese.

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There's an Organic Food Revolution Taking Place in India

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

India's Sikkim State is now the first state to grow only organic produce. But the concept of organic certification is still new in India, and has yet to gain strong consumer support.