Three-Time Peabody Award Winner, Four-Time Emmy Winner and "Dateline NBC" Correspondent
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- Specializes in: Current Events, Healthcare, International Affairs
- Travels From: New York
John Hockenberry is the host of public radio’s live national daily news program The Takeaway, with a weekly audience of over two million listeners. A multiple Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist, he is a former correspondent for NBC News, ABC News, and NPR, and has traveled the globe reporting on a wide variety of stories in virtually every medium for more than three decades.
He has written dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, a play, and two books, including the bestselling memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review and The Washington Post.
A skilled presenter and moderator, Hockenberry has appeared at numerous design and idea conferences around the world including the TED conference, the World Science Festival, the Mayo Clinic’s Transform Symposium and the Aspen Comedy Festival. He has served as a Distinguished Fellow at MIT’s Media Lab.
He is a versatile speaker, experienced in topics as diverse as politics, design, the media and disability, and in formats including emceeing, one-on-one interviews, panel discussions and speeches.
He and his wife Alison, also an Emmy and Peabody winner, have five children and live in Brooklyn, NY.
America: Heal Thyself (Healthcare)
There is no cure for life but the treatment is a miracle: how democracy and science create a new model for health care built on communities that choose their own quality of life.
With his own personal experience as a journalist and a man with a disability Mr. Hockenberry has the perspective to see how access to health care and our struggling democracy are parts of the same story of America in the 21st century. We have always thought of health care as handing out miracle cures to the unlucky, when in fact the far more common experience is living with conditions that require a team of constant support. America’s old definition—of freedom, liberty, and health as the state of individual independence and autonomy—“pursuit of happiness” needs redefinition. Health in the 21st century is the product of team efforts over time—families, and communities working with a new paradigm of health care that is both less costly and more humanistic.
Losing and Finding (Inspiration/Humor)
How becoming a disabled man at age 19 and a journalist at 23 started a journey that is continues to this day. Having all of your expectations about life dashed at the moment it is beginning is an invitation to reinvent oneself and reassess life itself. This unlikely gift taught me what it means to be an American in the places I have reported all over the world for 4 decades. It has taught me what it means to be a man, lover, husband and father in a family that has challenged and enriched my sense of self for 20 years. It has caused me to better understand the link between the sensory world and the mind—and the limits of both. In this entertaining celebration of a life well lived are many humorous stories of kids, presidents, warzones, and taking out the garbage.
Whoever Thought It Would Be Like This? (Inspiration/Humor)
How a spinal cord injury created a career in journalism, enabled an adventure-filled marriage, produced four kids thanks to the latest fertility technology (although two sets of twins was quite an adventure all by itself). Then just as middle age set in for a hard- working couple, an exotic treatment for erectile dysfunction courtesy of a slightly over-sexed urologist works a little too well and we find ourselves with child number five. The joy of wheelchairs, kids, journalism and a family story like no other.
Design and the 11th Commandment “Choose Your Fate!” (Design)
The overuse of the word “design” comes as a surprise to John Hockenberry who was raised in the home of an industrial designer who worked for Kodak and IBM the high tech companies of their day. “Growing up with a designer dad meant there were lots of mechanical pencils around, endless pads of graph paper but my father had difficulty explaining what he did for a living.” This is the story of how design went from being a superfluous practically un-American profession associated with suspicious and exotic Europeans wearing sunglasses to being an essential component of everything we see and use. Design frees consumers and workers from enslavement to mass production by giving intent to the products we use and the places we work. Design is about choosing how to live and believing that choice is possible. The obscure industrial designer of the 1960s missed design’s great moment in the 90s but his son got swept up in the tech revolution and the TED movement and found himself part of it all. This is a father-son story that is an homage to the importance of living mindfully with intent.