Hofmann was born in 1974 in Tübingen, West Germany, and grew up in Schwäbisch Hall. His father is German, his mother was
American, and in his early life he spent summers with his cousins in Indiana.
From 2002 to 2003, Hofmann volunteered at Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany.
Hofmann has been working for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) since 2005. From 2005 to 2010, he worked as the Personal Editor for the Managing Director of DW in Germany, working on various special projects. From 2008 to 2010, he also worked as the Moderator for the DW Clipmania and Deutsche Beats shows.
From 2010 to 2014, Hofman was as a Senior Correspondent for North America at the DW Studio in Washington, D.C., United States.
From 2000 to 2002, he worked as an Anchor for Radio Eins, an rbb station, in Germany.
From 1999 to 2000, Hofmann worked as an Anchor for Star FM Radio, a rock station in Germany.
RIAS Berlin Commission Award
On 30 May 2010, Max Hofmann and Christoph Lanz received the RIAS Berlin Commission New Media Award for their documentary, Eingemauert or Walled In.
This production, first published as a streaming video on the DW website, is an exploration of the nature
of the inner German border. This animated reconstruction of the Berlin Wall is an educational work published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.