Hockenberry began his career as a volunteer for the National Public Radio affiliate KLCC in Eugene, Oregon. In 1981, he went to Washington, D.C., where he served as a newscaster. He has also hosted a two-hour night news show, HEAT with John Hockenberry. His co-worker at NPR were popular journalists like David Scott Simon, Sloane Crosley, and Tom Ashbrook. For his job, he traveled to various places around the globe including a Middle East correspondent, reporting on the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and 1992.
Hockenberry has reported numerous stories related to different fields for more than three decades. Similarly, he has written a dozen of magazine and newspaper articles, a play, and two books, including the bestselling memoir Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence, that was selected for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Hockenberry has also worked for The New York Times, Wired, The New Yorker, Metropolis, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Washington Post. He has also featured as a presenter or moderator at numerous design and idea conferences all over the world like the World Science Festival in New York and Brisbane, the TED conference, the Mayo Clinic’s Transform Symposium, as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival.
Hockenberry is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He married his long-term girlfriend, Alison Craiglow, after dating her for sometimes. The couple blessed with five children including two sets of twins: Zoe, Olivia, Regan, Zachary, and Ajax. He lives a happy married life in New York City and Massachusetts along with his wife and children. There is no any rumor of divorce between the couple.
Once he was accused of sexual harassment by author Suki Kim, who claimed Hockenberry sent her suggestive emails and made unwanted sexual advances.
As a popular journalist and anchor, Hockenberry earns a tremendous amount of money from his professional career. He has worked for numerous news channels and television shows from which he must have collected a chunk of money.
His monthly earning from the WNYC's The Takeaway show was $265,595. He is co-host of the show Adaora Udoji and Laura Walker received $332,147 and $512,870 respectively. According to some source, his net worth in the past was $900 thousand, but his current net worth is under review.