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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5:12pm

Tue May 8, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 8, 2012

 Learning to bike in urban areas, understanding democracy through Jazz, a traditional approach to knives and knife-sharpening, SF comedian Will Durst on the Republican vice-presidential nomination, and local musicians Makru.

5:12pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 3, 2012

Workers in the Golden Gate Bridge Labor Coalition strike, documentary filmmaker Terrence Nance, meeting a batting cage instructor in Burlingame, SF comedian Will Durst on the presidential elections, and local musicians Boca do Rio.

5:09pm

Thu April 26, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 26, 2012

An update on the San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi case, a poem in your pocket, a community dance ritual, a new film about the San Francisco adult film industry, and bald eagles.

5:36pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: April 24, 2012

Update on the Wells Fargo Protests in San Francisco, Secure Communities and sharing fingerprints of those arrested with immigration enforcement officials, American-born children struggle to adapt to Guatemala town, San Francisco dance group celebrates 30 years of art and service, and local musicians The Corner Laughers.

4:22pm

Tue April 24, 2012
Politics

American-born children struggle to adapt in rural Guatemalan town

The issues of birthright citizenship, and so-called anchor babies, have a way of flaring tempers. For now, anyway, the children of illegal immigrants born in this country are allowed to live here with the same rights as any other citizen, assuming they were born in this country. But it often happens that the children don’t live here once their parents are caught and sent home. In a joint report from the Fronteras public radio project, Peter O’Dowd and Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez visited a small town in Guatemala, where more than a dozen American children live.

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