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."



Wed May 14, 2014

Crosscurrents: May 14, 2014

Toastmastering, mixtapes, and Muslim matchmaking.


Mon May 12, 2014

Crosscurrents: May 12, 2014

Music Show with Lyrics Born! A vinyl record show at the Oakland Museum, Micah Tron, a choir sings to the sick, and the San Francisco Mortuary Band.


Thu May 8, 2014

Crosscurrents: May 8, 2014

The Africa Mix -- Crosscurrents Show! The Nile Project, US visas for Africans, being gay in Uganda, and the ancient Sudanese beauty ritual of dukhan.


Mon May 5, 2014

Crosscurrents: May 5, 2014

A Crosscurrents special: inside San Quentin Prison. The San Quentin Prison Report presents three stories: playing baseball inside prison, contracting HIV, and prisoners caring for the old and disabled inside San Quentin.


Thu May 1, 2014

Crosscurrents: May 1, 2014

A toolkit to understanding young Arab students' backgrounds, an update on fracking in California, The Great Overland Book Company, and local musicians Blood & Dust.