John Hockenberry to Guest Host WBUR’S “On Point”

in News Releases, University Affairs
August 17th, 2006

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – John Hockenberry, a three-time Peabody Award recipient and four-time Emmy winner, will host WBUR’s nationally distributed news magazine and talk show “On Point” August 21-25, substituting for vacationing Tom Ashbrook, announced Sam Fleming, managing director of News & Programming.

Hockenberry, who began his broadcast career at NPR as a general assignment reporter, Middle East correspondent and the first host of “Talk of the Nation,” has reported from all over the world for network, cable and radio news for over two decades. He served as a correspondent for the ABC news magazine, “Day One” (1993-95), where he won his first Emmy and contributed on a wide range of stories, including investigative pieces on NASA, a prescient story on the implications of chaos in Afghanistan, as well as the first network interview with controversial Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

In 1996 he joined NBC as a correspondent for “Dateline,” earning three Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Casey Medal while filing such poignant stories as the often-fatal tragedies of the medically uninsured, a gripping portrait of a young schizophrenic trying to live independently, and extensive reporting in the aftermath of September 11th.

Hockenberry was responsible for two of the most innovative programs to air on MSNBC, including “Hockenberry,” a provocative news interview program which broadcast live from the war in Kosovo in 1999, and “Edgewise,” an unusual blend of raw documentary filmmaking and interviews with newsmakers.

Hockenberry’s weekly public radio commentaries have been heard on “The Infinite Mind,” the national, weekly NPR series that focuses on all aspects of mental health, neuroscience, access to care, treatment advances and the mind/body connection, since its first broadcast in 1998.

He is also the author of “A River Out Of Eden” a novel based in the Pacific Northwest, and “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence,” a memoir of life as a foreign correspondent which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996. In 1996, Hockenberry performed a successful limited run of “Spokeman,” a one-man, off-Broadway show he also wrote. He has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, I.D., Wired, The Columbia Journalism Review, Details and The Washington Post.

“On Point” is WBUR’s live, morning call-in program that covers each day’s important news developments and conducts conversations with newsmakers and thinkers from around the world. The two-hour program (10am-noon, Eastern time; rebroadcasted in Boston 7-9pm), is distributed by NPR to more than 70 radio stations across America, and heard on XM Satellite Radio.

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