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 November 4, 2013
Arts & Culture

"Gravity" by Sara Bareilles

Ken Helman has listened to Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" over a thousand times, and the song's story keeps him coming back for more.

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Wed October 30, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 30, 2013

Crosscurrents looks at different issues in homelessness in San Francisco: the lack of public showers and bathrooms, Mother Brown's in Bayview, foraging for free food, and local musicians The Ives Quartet.


Mon October 28, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 28, 2013

Closing San Francisco's parks at night, a San Quentin Prison report on self-help groups inside prison, a Hear Here on the power of helping, the second installment of Highland Hospital Storycorps, and local musicians The Temescal String Quartet.


Thu October 24, 2013


Wed October 23, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 23, 2013

A hyper-local news organization in Berkeley, the origins of the name "Berkeley," the first in a series of stories on Oakland's Highland hospital, and local musicians Orquesta Borinquen.