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."



Thu December 5, 2013

Crosscurrents: December 5, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and the cancelation of millions of insurance plans, the Oakland Interfaith gospel Choir, the "world's best turkey sandwich" in San Francisco's Inner Richmond, and local musicians The Nightingale Trio.


Tue December 3, 2013

Crosscurrents: December 3, 2013

StoryCorps celebrates its 10th Anniversary, and Crosscurrents joins in. Plus local musicians Amelia Romano & String Quartet.


Mon December 2, 2013

Crosscurrents: December 2, 2013

The San Quentin Prison Report: A father and son reunited in prison; Beyond Idol: Alameda County’s foster youth show their talent; American Jerusalem: New documentary spotlights Jewish history in San Francisco; and the San Francisco Girls Chorus.

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Mon November 25, 2013
Arts & Culture

"Beautiful Soul" by Jesse McCartney

Do you know the recent movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks? When Tina Kwok looked up the actor (Jesse McCartney) who voiced the littlest chipmunk, Theodore, she found a song that inspires her to be herself. 

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Mon November 18, 2013

Crosscurrents: November 18, 2013

Raising children with psychological disabilities, a San Quentin Prison report on giving care to disabled prisoners, a jazz perspective on Jason Moran, and local musicians Panacea.