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."



Mon February 24, 2014

Crosscurrents: February 24, 2014

Surf Show! We learn about wetsuits, the history of San Francisco's Ocean Beach; we talk to Twiggy, winner of the 2014 Mavericks competition; we hear from women in the sport, and find out about surfer dialect. Plus local musicians The Papercuts.


Tue February 18, 2014

Crosscurrents: February 18, 2014

A Crosscurrents Special on the drought! How can we save waters as individuals? Does it even matter, considering that agriculture uses about 78% of the state's water? Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick will tell us!


Thu February 13, 2014

Crosscurrents: February 13, 2014

Getting more women into the the tech industry, listener reactions to the "ban the box" idea, a Shakespeare garden in San Francisco, this week's Audiograph answer, and local musicians Frankie Boots and the County Line.


Tue February 11, 2014

Crosscurrents: February 11, 2014

A new museum honoring the Japanese-Americans who fought in WWII, the sport of curling, a Muslim matchmaking, and local musicians Zydeco Flames.


Mon February 10, 2014
My Mix Tape

"I'm Sensitive" by Jewel

Maya Litauer first heard Jewel's song as a young adult -- as a shy, self-conscious girl, she found affirmation from the song's message. It gave her the self confidence to feel comfortable in her own skin. 

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