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:

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.


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.

Comments [3]

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.

Comments [1]

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.

Comments [45]

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. 

Comments [11]

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?

Comments [3]

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. 

Comments [2]

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.


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.


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.


The Takeaway Weekender: A Dream of Peace, A Vacation From The News, and A Prescription for Play

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

Comments [2]

Iraq: America's Conversation

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Should Iraq continue to matter to America? For today's veterans, civilians, and soldiers, the answer has perhaps never been more important - or more urgent. 

Comments [6]

Clock Your Sleep: Winner Crowned

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The results of the two-week sleep team challenge are in, and a winner will be crowned. Tune in to hear which team won - was it team Digital Detox, led by New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi? The Vice Squad, captained by On the Media's PJ Vogt and Brooke Gladstone? Or was it Rock Your Routine, led by The Takeaway host John Hockenberry

Comments [4]

Your Long Distance Love Stories

Thursday, May 22, 2014

More than 3.5 million Americans are living in "commuter marriages." Hundreds of you got in touch to tell us how you're hanging in there.

Comments [1]

Battle of the Zzzzs: The Home Stretch

Thursday, May 22, 2014

As part of WNYC's Clock Your Sleep project, WNYC hosts have been leading teams competing to get more sleep by trying different strategies. Hear how it's going and who's winning in the...


Clock Your Sleep: Battle of the Zzzzs

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The two-week sleep team challenge has begun. Follow along and Clock Your Sleep. The WNYC hosts leading the sleep teams are: Manoush Zomorodi, host of New Tech City and captain of sleep team Digital Detox, Brooke Gladstone, host of On the Media, PJ Vogt, associate producer of On the Media, co-creator of TLDR, and co-captain of Vice Squad and John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway and captain of team Rock Your Routine. They report on their team's progress.

Comments [5]

Audio Essay: A Poignant Warning from The Past

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Writer Stefan Zweig tried to warn the world about the future, but he gave up and committed suicide in 1942 as the world was engulfed in the flames of World War II. As tensions continu...

Comments [9]

Clock Your Sleep: Findings and Teams

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

As a group, the over 4,600 Clock Your Sleep participants got more sleep in the fourth week than in the first week fo the project. WNYC's data news team senior editor John Keefe discus...

Comments [6]

Audio Essay: Remembering Boston

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A year ago today, no one knew what was about to happen, and for each runner, they knew it would be a momentous day. It was a momentous day for the whole city of Boston, the nation and the world of course.

Comments [2]

Movie Date: Bonus Oscar Podcast!

Friday, February 28, 2014

In this very special Movie Date bonus podcast, listeners have a chance to re-listen to Rafer and Kristen's Oscar predictions from earlier in this year. Also, all three parts from The ...
Read More

Comments [2]