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."

Ways To Connect

 Why California gas prices are so high, the relationship between poverty and health, listener responses to the lack of free bus passes for students, and local musicians Future Twin.

The youth perspective on the Trayvon Martin murder, a young environmental activist, raiding the recycling bins as a business, an old-time radio repair man, and local musician Judith Linsenberg.

A special Crosscurrents on the 1990 bombing of Earth First activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.

Difficulties for kids getting to school in San Francisco; one San Franciscan coming to grips with accepting food stamps; extracting bees; stomping around at the music club Death Guild; and local musicians The Berkeley High School Jazz Band.

How to deal with kids who commit crimes, budget cuts and the California Governor's proposal to shut down the Division of Juvenile Justice, amateur opera in San Francisco, and local musician Terry Riley.

New invasive species land in the Bay, a radical idea to drain the Hetch Hetchy, the Jewish holiday Tu B'shevat and an exhibit that draws attention to trees, listener responses to studying the remain of California Native Americans, and local musicians The Band Sage.

An update on San Bruno's settlement with PG&E, how to dispose of old or unused pharmaceuticals, rethinking the urban development of Oakland's waterfront property, a celebration of Pi Day, and local musician Ava Mendoza.

Listeners comment on the Occupy Wall Street movement, the secret world of little girls, media's negative affects on women and the film, Miss Representation, a theater dedicated to producing the work of female playwrights, and local musician Ned Boynton.

Technology that can predict death, fighting through leukemia, a profile of local jazz musician Larry Vuckovich, and local musicians The Magik Magik Orchestra.

Troubled Bay Area criminal justice officials, the Poet Laureate of Emeryville, an abandoned building turned jazz club in Oakland, and local musicians MJ's Brass Boppers.

The current state of The Occupy Movement, a listener commentary on Occupy, Bay Area activist heroes, and local musician Emily Jane White.

Commuting by ferry, the battle over San Francisco's official song, the youth speak out about love, and local musicians Butxter Hoot'n.

The problems of using eyewitness ID's as evidence, a wrongfully convicted man is still fighting to save his name after prison, how wrongful convictions happen, and local musician Robin Yukiko.

 Dealing with dwindling resources for city food programs, our first in a series of interviews with the Bay Area's "environmental heroes," the art of the love letter, and local musicians The Blind Willies.

A special tour of Oakland, brought to you by student reporters at Mills College in Oakland. The Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, People's Credit Union, Niroga Yoga Institute, Colonial Donuts, and local musician Andre Thierry and the Zydeco Magic.

The first in a three part series on prisoners sentenced to life, new ways to think about the high US high school drop-out rates, the origins of the name of San Francisco's McLaren Park, and jazz great Bobby Hutcherson in his own words.

A documentary on egg donors, and local musician The Broun Fellinis.

Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address, San Francisco public library's approach to dealing with the homeless, a thriller on Alcatraz, Alameda Point--one of the Bay Area's five poorest neighborhoods, and local musicians Los Boleros.

The extreme wealth gap in Berkeley, the newest beats out of the Bay Area, a pop-up Jewish music store, and local musician The John Garcia Band.

The fight over gold mining along the Klamath River, job burnout over lack of empathy, and local musicians The Heavy Thin.

Budget cuts to municipal transportation agencies, trusting children to take their education seriously, the Occupy movement and protest songs, and local musicians Clangin' and Bangin'.

Strict building codes in the East Bay, the fate of post-Cristmas Christmas trees, intense memories stirred up by home cooking, the top 10 comedic news stories of 2011, and local musician The Hooks.

Dangers of eating the fish you catch in the Bay, rising sea levels and what that means for the Bay Area, sea shanties, and local musician Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic.

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