"The Takeaway" marks John Hockenberry's return to his roots in public radio— where he was one of the medium's original innovators — after 15 years in network and cable television. During his time at ABC and NBC, he earned four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Casey Medal. Hockenberry has also been recognized for his pioneering online content, hosts the award-winning public radio series "The DNA Files," is a weeky commentator for the series "The Infinite Mind" and currently sits as a Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious MIT Media Lab.
At NBC, he served as a correspondent for "Dateline" where his work ranged from an intimate portrait of a schizophrenic young adult to an investigative piece that traced Internet swindlers in an international web to the first and only interview with the brother of two of the 9/11 suicide hijackers. He also hosted two of his own programs for MSNBC, "Hockenberry" and "Edgewise."
Hockenberry was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. During the first Gulf War, he reported Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He also spent two years as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising.
He is a contributing editor for Conde Nast "Portfolio" and "Metropolis" magazines and has written for the "New York Times," "The New Yorker," "I.D.," "Columbia Journalism Review," "Details," "Wired" and the "Washington Post."
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Hockenberry grew up in upstate New York and Michigan, and attended the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon. He and his wife Alison live in Brooklyn with their two sets of twins, Zoe, Olivia, Zachary and Regan.