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

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.

Mom, daughter share the scars of the LA Riots

Elvira Evers was nine months pregnant when she took a bullet in the abdomen during the 1992 L.A. Riots. As the 25 anniversary of the riots approaches, Elvira and her daughter Jessica, now 25-years-old, reflect on how the riots left a literal mark on their lives.

Fear of unrest rises for 1st time in post-LA riots poll

More than any other demographic, millennials tend to believe that another riot is likely to happen in the next five years — according to a new survey.

SoCal Armenians remember genocide on 102nd anniversary

In modern-day Southern California, the historical events that resulted in the loss of 1.5 million Armenian lives continue to resonate among the community.

For the first time, 'SNL' will be live on the West Coast

The three-hour delay will be eliminated for the first time since the debut of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975, giving Californians the same privilege that East Coast viewers have enjoyed for decades.

Rep. Sherman says he supports missile strike on Syrian airbase

Sherman said he supports Trump's limited action, adding that President Barack Obama accomplished a lot in Syria despite not using military action following a similar use of chemical weapons.

Googie World Expo highlights LA's space-age architecture

From coffeeshops to gas stations, LA's Googie relics will be the stars -- and the settting -- for this weekend's Googie World Expo.

Dax Shepard discusses inspirations for CHiPS feature film

His take on CHiPS is more than just pretty women and freeway pile-ups. He also delved into the delicate dynamics of male friendship.