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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5:22pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 10, 2013

Life after the Iraq War: we profile a Marine Corps veteran and talk to Aaron Glantz about what makes transitioning to civilian life so hard. Also, local musicians Club Foot Orchestra.

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5:35pm

Tue April 9, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 9, 2013

Santa Clara kids learn how to protect their privacy on the internet, a Union City school district wins a $29 million federal grant, a literary squat in the middle of prime San Francisco real estate, and local musicians Big Cat Tolefree.

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5:25pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 4, 2013

Recruiting ex-felons to jobs, performer Rhodessa Jones talks about her latest play, local rapper Micah Tron talks about overcoming obstacles in her life, and local musicians Duniya Dance and Drum Company.

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5:22pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 3, 2013

An extended interview with the San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. He talks about getting into the job, as well as about his thoughts on re-entry and rehabilitation programs as the goal of incarceration instead of mere punishment.

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4:43pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

San Francisco’s Current TV is going through significant changes, again. The channel, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was sold to Al Jazeera for half-a-billion dollars in January. It’s a lot of money, but the gamble could pay off for the Arab network by providing entreé to the lucrative American media market.

Current, which initially tried to capitalize on user-generated content, has had trouble cracking that marketplace. It developed a stable of left-leaning political programs, including “The Young Turks” and “The Gavin Newsom Show,” but neither made Current a household name.

So what will Al-Jazeera do? Industry analysts speculate it will dissolve Current and reprogram it to create Al-Jazeera America. But KALW investigative reporter Chris Hoff got inside access to secret meetings taking place at Current headquarters in San Francisco to find out what’s really going to happen. Hoff filed this report.

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