Alex Cohen

Host, Morning Edition

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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

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.

Bjork Digital: VR to see (and hear) her new music

A virtual reality exhibition offers fans an intimate new way to see — not simply hear — Björk's music. "The limitations are what excite me most," she says.

‘La La Land’ gets a new star at the Hollywood Bowl

Angela Parrish moved to L.A. from Kansas to pursue a career in show business — much like the female protagonist in "La La Land." This weekend, it's her voice you'll hear in the film's opening song as the orchestra plays along live at the Hollywood Bowl.

How the Watts Towers inspired Jerry Garcia – or didn't?

Amir Bar-Lev, who directed the epic Grateful Dead documentary "Long Strange Trip," talks about what it was like to examine the mind of Jerry Garcia.

Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel on the power of music

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be performing works by Mahler and Schubert. Venezuelan conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, is one of the musicians bringing those scores to life. Alex Cohen recently caught up with him.

Q&A: UCLA expert explains what the MS–13 raid means

A gang sweep resulting in nearly two dozen arrests Wednesday has been called the largest ever conducted in Los Angeles. Here's what we know about the MS-13 gang and how big this bust might be.

Theo Rossi rolls up on cultural identity in 'Lowriders'

"There’s hundreds of thousands of dollars being put into these cars because they’re living art pieces," the actor said when he recently talked to Morning Edition.

First came 'Rocky,' now there's 'Chuck'

Chuck Wepner's life inspired Sylvester Stallone to write and star in the film "Rocky." Wepner is getting a film of his own, with Liev Schreiber in the role of Wepner. Schreiber talked to Morning Edition about the stepping in the shoes – and the life – of a real person.