Veteran newsman John Hockenberry joined NBC as a correspondent for "Dateline NBC" in January 1996. The two-time Peabody Award winner joined the program after a fifteen-year career in broadcast news, at both National Public Radio and ABC News. Hockenberry is also the author of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence," his memoir of life as a foreign correspondent, and of overcoming obstacles. He has also written for the New York Times, The Columbia Journalism Review, Modern Maturity, Washington Post, ID Magazine, and New Yorker magazine.
His weekly public radio commentaries have been heard on The Infinite Mind
since its first broadcast in March 1998.
Hockenberry served as host of MSNBC's "Edgewise," a mix of interview segments punctuated with film elements, which gave the program a documentary feel while incorporating John's unique journalistic approach. Prior to that, Hockenberry served as correspondent for the ABC newsmagazine "Day One" (1993-95), where he contributed a wide range of stories, including an investigation of NASA's plans to build a space station with Russia, a report on the scientific controversy over whether HIV is the sole cause of AIDS, and an interview with controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91), Hockenberry was assigned to the Middle East, where he filed reports from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. He was one of the first Western broadcast journalists to report from Kurdish refugee camps in Northern Iraq and Southern Turkey. Hockenberry also spent two years (1988-90) as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising.
In 1990, Hockenberry helped create, hosted and co-produced "Heat," a daily two-hour arts, music and public affairs program for NPR. Hockenberry won his second Peabody Award for his work on that broadcast.
Hockenberry joined NPR as a reporter based in Seattle in 1980. In 1981, he moved to Washington D.C., where he was reporter for "All Things Considered," an assignment he held until 1985, when he moved to the NPR Chicago Bureau, where he worked until 1987.
Hockenberry won his first Peabody Award in 1987, while the host of NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday," for a profile of a young man permanently injured during drive-by shooting. He hosted various programs at NPR headquarters in Washington and, during the summer of 1988, produced "Weekend Edition Saturday."
Hockenberry's broadcasting honors also include the 1984 and 1985 Champion Tuck Business Reporting Awards, the 1985 Benton Fellowship in broadcast Journalism, and the 1987 Unity in Media Award. He was named one of 40 "Journalist in Space" semifinalists in 1986.
Hockenberry attended the University of Chicago from 1975 to 1978. He then attended the University of Oregon (1979-81), studying music composition and harpsichord performance.
Hockenberry lives in New York City with his wife Alison Craiglow Hockenberry, and their daughters, Zoe and Olivia.