Chris Hoff

News Engineer

Chris Hoff has been an engineer with KALW News' Crosscurrents for about three years now, and before that he volunteered and reported for the show starting in 2006. The road to radio and KALW was a circuitous one: Hoff's undergraduate career in Classics left him aimless, professionally speaking; his zeal for Pindar, Homer, Thucydides, and Virgil could not earn him a living, so in 2002 he floated around, first to Weimar, Germany, then to Berlin.  It was in Berlin that Hoff uncovered his enthusiasm for the then-burgeoning internet radio phenomenon known as "podcasting."  For two years he made podcasts with a buddy of his until he decided to get more serious with the medium. So after getting his feet wet in broadcast journalism at CNN Berlin in 2006, Hoff moved back to San Francisco, met Holly Kernan and Ben Trefny at KALW, and settled into his work with the fabulous Crosscurrents team.  Quoth Hoff, "It is satisfying to have acquired a practical skill after so many years of dabbling and dilettantism."

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The Grateful Dead Show! 2015 marks the 50th anniversary since the legendary band formed.

A special from Mills College student reporters: "Waking up from the American Dream: Stories about young immigrants in America." Plus local musicians One Armed Joey.

The homeless in San Francisco, going back to prison in The San Quentin Prison Report, a StoryCorps on the Bay Area version of the march to Montgomery during the Civil Rights era, plus local musicians Sunhaze.

Garbage show! Enacting policy to control littering, collecting bottles as a job, what it means to be zero waste, and local musician Ila Cantor.

A girls club in San Francisco's Bayview district, the Frameline Film Festival, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians The Bernal Hill Players.