John Hockenberry

John Charles Hockenberry (born June 4, 1956) is an American journalist and author , a four-time Emmy Award winner and three-time Peabody Award winner. Since April 2008, Hockenberry has bone host or The Takeaway , a live national news program created by Public Radio International and WNYC New York.

Hockenberry has Reported from all over the world, reporting on a wide variety of stories in Virtually everytime medium for morethan three decades. He has written dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, a play, and two books, zoals de Bestselling memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, welke was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the novel A River Out Of Eden . [1] He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Metropolis, and The Washington Post .

Hockenberry has Appeared as a presenting or moderator at many design and idea conferences around the world waaronder the TED conference, the World Science Festival in New York and Brisbane, the Mayo Clinic’s Transform symposium and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He has leg a Distinguished Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and Serves on the White House Fellows Committee.

He is a prominent figure in the disability rights movement ; Hockenberry sustained a spinal cord injury in a car crash at the age of 19, welke left im with paraplegia from the chest down.


Early life

Hockenberry was born in Dayton, Ohio , [2] and Grew up in upstate New York and Michigan . He graduated in 1974 from East Grand Rapids High School in East Grand Rapids, Michigan . [3] In 1976, he was paralyzed while hitchhiking on the Pennsylvania Turnpike . [4] The driver of the car fell Asleep and crashed, killing herself. Hockenberry’s ruggenmerg was damaged, and have scope for paralyzed without sensation or voluntary movement from the mid-chest down. At the time he was a mathematics major at the University of Chicago , [5] but after his ruggenmerg injury, he Transferred to the University of Oregon in 1980 and studied harpsichord and piano . [6]

Journalism career

Hockenberry started his career as a volunteer for the National Public Radio affiliate KLCC in Eugene, Oregon . [7] In 1981, he moved to Washington, DC , where he was a newscaster. [8] From 1989 to 1990 he hosted a two-hour nightly news show called HEAT with John Hockenberry . During his 15 years with NPR, he Covered many areas of the world, zoals an assignment as a Middle East correspondent, reporting on the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and 1992. Beginning want in November 1991 served as the first host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation . [9]

After leaving NPR in 1992, [10] Hockenberry ook worked for ABC News series Day One from 1993 to 1995, covering the civil war in Somalia and the early days of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan voordat joining Dateline NBC as a correspondent in 1996.

In 1995, Hockenberry published his memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence . In 1996 he Appeared off-Broadway in his one-man autobiographical play, Ghosts Man . [11] From 1996 to 1997 he hosted edgewise , an eclectic news magazine program therein Aired on MSNBC . [12]

In 1999, he hosted Hockenberry , a show welke Aired on MSNBC for 6 months. [13] He’ll be Reported on the Kosovo War in 1999. His weekly radio Commentaries Aired on the Nationally broadcast public radio show The Infinite Mind from 1998 to 2008. He’ll be served as host on The DNA Files for the series airing in 1998, 2001 , and 2007. He Began ontwikkelingslanden The Takeaway in 2007 and has hosted since zijn 2008 premiere. [14]

Hockenberry has narrated verschillende Nonfiction projects on healthcare , zoals Nova series Survivor MD: Hearts & Minds, Who Cares: Chronic Illness in America, [15] Remaking American Medicine . [16] He’ll be narrated the eugenics documentary War Against the Weak.

He has written for The New York Times , The New Yorker , ID , Wired , [17] The Columbia Journalism Review , Details , and The Washington Post . He published his first novel, A River Out of Eden , in 2002, and he has written about “The Blogs of War” in Wired magazine. In May 2006, he Began writing his own blog, “The Blogenberry”. [18] On April 2, 2008, he hosted the premiere of the series Nanotechnology: The Power of Small , discus the impact of nanotechnology as concerns the general public. [19]

Hockenberry has Appeared as presenter and moderator at numerous design and idea conferences around the nation waaronder the Aspen Design Summit, The TED conference , the World Science Festival , and the Aspen Comedy Festival . He’ll be regularly speaks on media, journalism, and disability issues. He was one of the founding inductees to the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2005.

Media criticism

In 2005 he wrote a scathing review of the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby called “And the Loser Is …” [20] The review was Submitted to a disability website with the title “Million Dollar Bigot” as an exclusive feature . The essay was discussed in news articles globally, and Hockenberry was interviewed about it on FAIR ‘s weekly news show Counter Spin . [21] A short documentary film was made, also called Million Dollar Bigot , COMPLETED on July 13, 2005, featuring Hockenberry as well as many other disability Activists. [22]

Hockenberry wrote in the January 2008 Technology Review magazine therein on the Sunday after the September 11 attacks have been pitching stories on the origins of al Qaeda and Islamic fundamentalisme . [23] He wrote dat then-NBC programming chief Jeff Zucker , who cameramen JSON a meeting Hockenberry was keeping with Dateline executive producer David Corvo, zegt Dateline arnt Limit download focus on the Firefighters and perhaps Ride Along with Them à la COPS , a Fox reality series. Volgens to Hockenberry, Zucker said “dat he had no time for ANY subtitled interviews with jihadists raging about Palestine.” Hockenberry has remit claimed therein General Electric , NBC’s parent company, discouraged im from talking to the Bin Laden family about hun estranged family member. Hockenberry says dat he Asked GE, welke does business with the Bin Laden family company, to help im get in contact with them. Limit download, a PR executive called Hockenberry’s hotel room in Saudi Arabia and read im a statement about how GE did not see zijn “valuable business relationship” with the Bin Laden Group as keeping anything to do with Dateline . In Another instance, Hockenberry claimed a story he did about a Weather Underground member mention anything not appear on the Sunday edition of Dateline unless the 1960s family drama American Dreams , welke Followed Dateline in the schedule at the time, did a show about “protesters or something . ” [24]

Personal life

Hockenberry Currently lives in Brooklyn and in Massachusetts with his wife, Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, Whom he married in 1995. [25] Way Down harbor five children, zoals two sets of twins, Zoe Olivia Regan, Zachary, and Ajax.


  • Hockenberry, John (1995). Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence . Hyperion, ISBN 978-0786881628
  • Hockenberry, John (2002). A River Out Of Eden . Anchor, ISBN 978-0385721509
  • Hockenberry, John ( October 23, 2012 ). Frontline episode Climate of Doubt on climate change denial and the climate change controversy


  1. Jump up^ Richards, Linda L. (June 2001). Interview: John Hockenberry. January Magazine
  2. Jump up^ Hockenberry, John (April 18, 2007). Lessons from Jack Hockenberry. metropolis
  3. Jump up^ Martinez, Shandra (7 November 2010). East Grand Rapids High graduate and award-winning journalist John Hockenberry speaks at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
  4. Jump up^ Price, Nelson (September 14, 1995). John Hockenberry’s jobs with NPR port allowed im to see the world on wheels. Indianapolis Star
  5. Jump up^ Cawley, Janet (February 28, 1993). Globetrotting in a wheelchair: No challenge kan stop ABCs Hockenberry. Chicago Tribune
  6. Jump up^ Lipton, Michael A. (June 6, 1994). Man in the Driver’s Seat. People
  7. Jump up^ Roberts, Roxanne (July 23, 1992). Correspondent on Wheels; NPR’s John Hockenberry, Moving to ABC. Washington Post
  8. Jump up^ Murray, Michael D. (1999). Encyclopedia of Television News, pp. 98-99. Greenwood Publishing Group,ISBN 978-1-57356-108-2
  9. Jump up^ Cooke, Anne Marie; Reisner, Neil H. (January 1991). The Last Minority. American Journalism Review
  10. Jump up^ Cox, Ana Marie (May 1999). John Hockenberry. Mother Jones , pp. 40-43.
  11. Jump up^ Mandell Jonathan (March 3, 1996). ON A ROLL? / It ‘may be hip to be’ Crip ‘on stage and film, but try getting a wheel in the by. Newsday
  12. Jump up^ Heffernan, Virginia (August 1997). Anatomy of a cancellation, how MSNBC’s Edgewise went over the edge.
  13. Jump up^ Kurtz, Howard (July 8, 1999). MSNBC Drops Hockenberry ‘Talk Show; Award-Winning Journalist to Return to ‘Dateline NBC’ Full Time After Only Six Months. Washington Post
  14. Jump up^ Simon, Clea (October 11, 2007). Public radio’s new morning show set to go. Boston Globe
  15. Jump up^ Who Cares: Chronic Illness in Americaon PBS
  16. Jump up^ Remaking American Medicine: Biography of Series Host
  17. Jump up^ Hockenberry, John (August 2001)The Next brainiacs. Wired
  18. Jump up^ Van Til, Reinder; Olson Gordon L. (2007). Thin ice: coming of age in Grand Rapids. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing,ISBN 978-0-8028-2478-3
  19. Jump up^ Press release (March 10, 2008). New Nanotechnology Television Series Does’ Sweat the Small Stuff. ” Nanotechnology Now(
  20. Jump up^ Hockenberry, John (2005). “And the Loser Is …” byNot Dead Yet. [1].
  21. Jump up^ Jackson, Janine; Randall, Steve (March 4, 2005). John Hockenberry on Million Dollar Baby, Dahr Jamail on Iraq. counter Spin
  22. Jump up^ Detweiler, Craig (2008). Into the dark, seeing the sacred in the top movies of the 21st century. Baker Academic,ISBN 978-0-8010-3592-0
  23. Jump up^ Hockenberry, John (January / February 2008). You Do not Understand Our Audience: What I learned about network television at Dateline NBC. Technology Review
  24. Jump up^ Gough, Paul J. (January 2, 2008). Former “Dateline” reporter blasts NBC. Hollywood Reporter
  25. Jump up^ Staff report (October 22, 1995). WEDDINGS; Alison Craiglow, John Hockenberry. New York Times