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.
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.
Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales is one of the most violent, most feared, and until recently, the most wanted man in Mexico. He was captured last night by Mexican marines just south of the Texas border. Treviño is the leader of the Zetas—one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels. Joining us is Monica Ortiz Uribe, senior field correspondent for the Fronteras desk. She fills us in on the capture.
Is there a change in the mood in Egypt? Is the interim government losing ground in its attempt to reassure the population that change is coming? Fighting broke out last night between supporters of ousted President Mohammad Morsi and Egyptian police. The clashes left at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, is on the ground covering the developments in Egypt. He joins us to discuss the clashes and what it could mean for the developing government.
One of America's longest-running murder mysteries may now be coming to a close as the Boston Strangler case comes one step closer to being solved. Albert DeSalvo had confessed to being the Boston Strangler, but he was never charged and later withdrew his confession. But a newly discovered water bottle has given police the evidence they needed to definitively link him to one murder. Philip Martin is an investigative reporter for our partner WGBH Boston Public Radio. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest revelation.
This past weekend, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. It’s a verdict that’s outraged many, and led to debates around the country about race relations, justice and the particular laws and social climate of Florida. As author T.D. Allman sees it, the focus on Florida is warranted—not just because the case reflects the unique history of Florida—but also because Florida is a microcosm of the rest of the United States.
California’s state prison system, one of the country’s largest, is under a great deal of scrutiny these days. A hunger strike by prisoners protesting their long-term solitary confinement is going into its second week, and federal courts have repeatedly found that California’s prisons are overcrowded and underfunded, and prisoners face inhumane and unsanitary conditions. Michael Bien, the lead lawyer representing inmates in a lawsuit over mental health care, joins us to discuss the conditions in the prisons.
Today there are more than 20,000 local neighborhood watch programs and an estimated 50,000 informal programs operating across the U.S. But while watch groups originally formed in response to crime, they are now confusingly linked to what might or might not have been an overstep on the part of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. What does the trial mean for the future of these programs? The Takeaway turns to three neighborhood crime-watch leaders for their perspective.
What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutions? Or is it just about race? The Takeaway hosts a round-table discussion with Rich Benjamin, author of “Searching for Whitopia” and senior fellow at Demos; Avis Jones-DeWeever, host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, Focus Point with Avis Jones-DeWeever; and Republican strategist Ron Christie, to get at heart of these issues.
With the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, the ruling has brought up questions of our expectations of security, the right to a trial and the judgement of a jury. Sherrilyn Ifil, University of Maryland law professor and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, discusses the legal aspects of the verdict. Lamar Tyler, founder of Black And Married With Kids.com, and Christy Oglesby, quality assurance manager for CNN and mother of a 13-year-old-son, join The Takeaway to discuss the impacts of the verdict for families of color.
For the past 10 weeks, protesters from all walks of life have been assembling at the state capitol in Raleigh, NC as part of "Moral Mondays." The issues they are protesting are almost diverse as the population itself, ranging from the environment, taxes and abortion. In the past 10 protests, over 700 people have been arrested. WFAE reporter Ben Bradford joins us to provide an update on North Carolina state politics.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced late last week that she will be resigning from her post. Napolitano’s departure raises an interesting question: Could her resignation actually help immigration reform’s prospects? Michael Chertoff, is the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges associated with running the Department of Homeland Security, and how this announcement might impact the immigration overhaul being mulled in Congress.
You would never guess that the newspaper business was struggling, at least not if you were at an auction in New York City last week where a newspaper printing was sold for $550,000. But this isn't just any newspaper printing. It's a rare edition of the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. Seth Kaller is a leading expert in acquiring, authenticating and appraising American historic documents and artifacts. He partnered with the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries to auction off this rare piece of American history. Seth Kaller joins us on the program to talk about this rare document and its significance.
Takeaway Host John Hockenberry is in southern Africa all this week and is looking at the economic realities on the ground there. In townships where the economy and putting food on the table are daily concerns, people in southern Africa are looking beyond symbolic leadership in the hopes of seeing real change.