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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.  

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Binge-Worthy Breakup Movies to Help You Mend a Broken Heart

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sure, you may not be directly affected by the recent announcement of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's divorce, but sometimes you just need a great, binge-worthy breakup movie.

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Understanding Tulsa's Struggle with Racial Justice

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Beneath the death of Terence Crutcher lies the city’s long struggle with racial justice, which climaxed with the Tulsa Race Riot in 1921, killing 300 people.

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Report: Faith Economy Worth $1.2 Trillion Per Year

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Can you put a price on religion? A new study about the power of the faith economy estimates its worth at $1.2 trillion a year — more than the top 10 U.S. tech companies combined. 

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The New Music You Should Be Listening to This Fall

Friday, September 09, 2016

We've got your fall music preview with tunes from Angel Olsen, M.I.A. Wilco, Against Me!, Dwight Yoakam, Jack White, and more.

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We're Seeing the Slow Death of Handwriting

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Author Anne Trubek argues that we'll soon see the end of handwriting, and that we're already preparing for the next stage of evolution in communication.

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The Undaunted States of America

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PRI
WNYC
We need to retire these outmoded and dangerous delusions of a mythical past and replace them with a new mythology created out of real struggles.
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The Economy in 2016, Illuminated

Friday, April 08, 2016

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry joins host Charlie Herman to digest a week's worth of conversations about the global economy.

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Dining Out In A Wheelchair

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dan hangs out with WNYC's John Hockenberry, a blogger who calls himself "The Disabled Foodie," and YouTube star Zach Anner to find out what it's like to dine out in a wheelchair.

John Hockenberry: Carrying the Conversation Forward

Friday, March 04, 2016

PRI
WNYC
We have a new space for you to carry the conversation forward, and not simply during the time when our show is on the air in the old fashioned "radio" way.
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What to Watch For in Tonight's GOP Debate

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry talks with WNYC's Jami Floyd about what to look for from the candidates in tonight's GOP debate at the Reagan Library in California.

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My Moment of Zen

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.

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Hockenberry: Why Better Times Will Remain Out of Reach

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.

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Hillary Declares 2016 Run, Files For Divorce

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.

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Essay: The Uncertain Future of Brian Williams

Monday, February 09, 2015

Over the weekend, NBC announced that it is launching a fact-checking investigation into the reporting of Brian Williams. 

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Where Cohabiting with Wildlife Is Necessary, and Deadly

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?

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As More Women Enter Congress, Power Shifts Towards Men

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. 

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Finding Optimism in Grim News

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.

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Audio Essay: The Words of MLK & Coretta Scott King

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.

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The Risky Ledge of Satire

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.

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