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 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.


Thu October 17, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 17, 2013

Wearable technology, comedian Don Reed, this week's Audiograph answer, Lou "the Glue" Marcelli, and local musician Antwon.


Wed October 16, 2013

Crosscurrents: October 16, 2013

Under CC license from Flickr user Joel Mark Witt

The Google Bus Show! San Francisco has a parallel, private transit system: how is the city dealing with it? They take up MUNI bus stops and back up traffic as these private busses stop seemingly wherever they like in the cty; but then they get tons of commuters out of their cars and into mass transit. Are these symbols of the Bay Area's Tech Boom and gentrification of San Francisco something to be feared or embraced?