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Alex Cohen is the local host of "Morning Edition", NPR's most popular show. Prior to that, she was co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" and "All Things Considered."

Before joining Southern California Public Radio, Alex was a host and reporter for NPR's "Day to Day." She's also served as a host and reporter for NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" as well as American Public Media's "Marketplace" and "Weekend America." Prior to that, she was the L.A. Bureau Chief for KQED FM in San Francisco. She has won several journalism awards including the LA Press Club’s Best Radio Anchor prize.

As her roller derby alter-ego, Axles of Evil, Cohen made a cameo appearance and served as the trainer and choreographer for the Drew Barrymore derby film "Whip It." She is also the co-author of the book "Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby."

Stories by Alex Cohen

Filmmaker Angela Robinson lassoes the other Wonder Woman movie

The director of "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" opens up about the strange, fascinating life of the superhero's creator — and about sexism in Hollywood.

New film about Watergate and Deep Throat resonates in 2017

Journalist turned filmmaker Peter Landesman talks about why he felt it was so important to make a film about the man known as Deep Throat.

New documentary examines tension between police, public

A new film called "The Force" looks at the clashes between the police and the public from multiple angles.

Up close and personal with California's wildfires

A new Netflix series looks at the lives and works of inmate firefighters.

Dolores Huerta gets personal, political in doc about her life

Labor organizer Dolores Huerta has spent decades fighting for social justice—and has no regrets about the sacrifices she's made.

Composer Paul Williams talks addiction, music and Muppets

This weekend, legendary composer Paul Williams joins the Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl for a series of concerts.

Giving TV writers more parental leave could help Hollywood's diversity problem

Under a new contract, TV writers now get eight weeks of unpaid leave for new parents — but the demands of Hollywood still make work-life balance a struggle.

An Italian immigrant tells her coming-of-age story in LA

In the early 1990s, Chiara Barzini's family left their comfy life in Rome and moved to Van Nuys. The experience was one of extreme culture shock.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery removes Confederate monument

The 6-foot stone monument has stood since 1925 in a section of the famous Los Angeles graveyard where more than 30 Confederate veterans and their families are buried. It was taken down early Wednesday morning.

How the 2028 Olympics could help LA's homeless

Andy Bales, the CEO of Union Rescue Mission, talked to KPCC’s Alex Cohen about the challenges the city faces in alleviating homelessness before the 2028 Olympics.

Jimmy Gomez sworn into Congress Tuesday

California’s newest congressional member took his oath of office on Tuesday to represent the 34th district, but the lengthy transition has been controversial.

Why inmates are fighting California's fires

Since 1946, inmates have played an important role in fighting the state's fires. These days, they provide approximately 3 million hours of firefighting work each year.

LA Mayor Garcetti looks ahead to second term

The mayor begins his second term this weekend. Garcetti spoke with KPCC about the lessons he has learned, L.A’s role in national politics and the potential consequences of opposing Trump.

Trump's travel ban begins; who’s in and out

At LAX, attorneys from legal advocacy groups set up to offer help to travelers as a small group of protesters gather to demonstrate against the travel ban.

A pig, a doodle and Demetri Martin’s new film 'Dean'

For comedian Demetri Martin, art imitates life in his movie "Dean." The film follows a young artist who draws, much like his own collection of notebooks filled with random scribbles.