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An Evening with John Hockenberry

Enjoy John Hockenberry's full talk from his May 23, 2017 appearance in Eugene below. 

Watch VIDEO of John's talk at the Performance Hall.

Listen to Tiffany Eckert's interview with John Hockenberry.

Thank you for joining us on May 23, 2017 for an evening with John Hockenberry, award-winning host of public radio's The Takeaway, at the Lane Community College Performance Hall.

Hockenberry was invited to Eugene as the inaugural speaker of the Lane Community College Presidential Lecture Series, and in celebration of KLCC's 50th Anniversary.  John got his start in journalism at KLCC in 1979. 

Don & Tripp

Hockenberry's talk was followed by a Reception, celebrating KLCC's 50th Anniversaryand honoring Program Director Don Hein and News Director Tripp Sommer.  Both are retiring after long, notable careers at KLCC.  Complimentary refreshments will be served!  


John Hockenberry at KLCC in the 1980s

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John Hockenberry got his start in journalism as a news volunteer at KLCC in 1979.  A UO student at the time, he called KLCC to complain about a news story, and News Director Don Hein encouraged him to "come to the station and see if you can do better."  He did.  (View pics below.)

Hockenberry has over three decades of broad experience as a journalist and commentator. He is the anchor of the public radio morning show The Takeaway which airs on KLCC every week day. He has reported from all over the world, in virtually every medium, having anchored programs for network, cable and radio. The Takeaway was John'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. His reporting at Dateline NBC and ABC News earned him  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, and currently sits as a Distinguished Fellow at the prestigious MIT Media Lab.

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 from Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Hockenberry also spent two years as a correspondent based in Jerusalem during the most intensive conflict of the Palestinian uprising.

In an email correspondence to KLCC about his upcoming visit, Hockenberry expressed his excitement with, "You-Gene here I come!!!!"  KLCC is pleased to welcome John back to his journalistic roots.

The Presidential Lecture Series brings scholars and speakers to Lane Community College to enrich the educational experience of our students and our Oregon community.  Funding is provided by the Roberta Konnie Fund of the Lane Community College Foundation. 

WHO:  John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway
WHAT:  Inaugural Speaker of the Presidential Lecture Series, with Reception for KLCC's 50th Anniversary and Retiring Staff
WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7-9 pm
WHERE: LaneCC Performance Hall, Main Campus, Bldg 6  Campus Map
PARK: LaneCC Lot N on the northeast side of campus
COST: FREE!  All free tickets have been distributed for the Hall.  
CONTACT:  KLCC at 541-463-6000
LIVE STREAM: On klcc.org, lanecc.edu, and in overflow room at venue

Credit Paul Ollswang
John at KLCC in 1981

John at work in KLCC studio