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."

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5:11pm

Tue June 11, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 11, 2013

Part 2 in the diaries of a first-year high school teacher in Oakland, a high school commentary on lack of female authors in English curricula, artillery relics in the Marin Headlands,  and local musician Teja Gerken.

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5:08pm

Wed June 5, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 5, 2013

A special Crosscurrents from Mills College: not being able to afford to move away from violent neighborhoods, a family restaurant is a pillar of the neighborhood, and an African-American church adapts to its changing neighborhood. Plus local musicians The American Nomad.

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4:57pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 3, 2013

A special on Oakland's Fruitvale/San Antonio district: Met West High School has its students do internships to graduate, a dating abuse program for middle schoolers, the Oakland School of the Arts, and local musicians Mad Noise.

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5:50pm

Wed May 29, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 29, 2013

New solutions to old problems at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland, re-framing the way we talk about education reform, a Hear Here about an anime club, and local musicians The Sycamore Slough.

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5:09pm

Tue May 28, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 28, 2013

The beginning of our series on teaching kids with learning disabilities: Elmhurst Community Prep Middle School in East Oakland, and an interview with SFUSD board president Rachel Norton. Plus local musicians Black Mahal.

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