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."



Wed April 8, 2015

Crosscurrents: April 8, 2015

A Mexican-Punjabi community in California, how different Middle Eastern cultures cook falafel, a Bay Area Beats on Briget Boyle, and local musicians UC Alumni Chorus.


Thu April 2, 2015

Crosscurrents: April 2, 2015

Being a Jew in America, finding love, this week's Audiograph game answer, and local musicians The Friction Quartet.


Thu April 2, 2015


Wed April 1, 2015
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

It's been two years since Al Jazeera bought out San Francisco's Current TV. Since then, the Arab News Network has learned a lot form its first foray in the American Market. Industry analysts speculate that we're about to see some changes in the network based on those learnings.

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Mon March 30, 2015

Crosscurrents: March 31, 2015

Green Jobs 2.0, the aftermath of the nuclear fallout in Fukushima, and local musician Moe Staiano.