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."

Ways To Connect

Drought show! Dry farming, the history of how California was settled and how its population distribution is exacerbating our present drought, and local musician Alison Faith Levy.

The Armenian Genocide, and The San Francisco Treat--Rice-A-Roni--is actually from Armenia! Plus local musicians Bang Data.

The Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, palm trees in California, and local musician George Long.

How to solve the Bay Area's housing development issues; what it'll take to get SF's public transportation to improve; a Bay Area Beats with Howell Devine, and local musicians The Chris Cobb band.

Fraternities and sexual assault, being black, brown and queer, rediscovering the divine after leaving the church because of one's sexual orientation, and local musicians Dave Miller Trio.

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