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Alex Cohen is co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" show. Prior to that, she was host of KPCC's "All Things Considered" in the afternoons.

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 various journalistic 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

Daily Dose - Jerry Garcia's house, missing Les Paul, RIP Lynyrd Skynyrd's muse

September 20, 2010 -- Don't know what it is about today, but it's a very rock n' roll Monday. first of all, Jerry Garcia's home is up for sale!! His 11-acre estate in rural Marin county was the Grateful Dead frontman's last home before he died in 1995.

Daily Dose - Gay marriage student lawsuit, belly dancing for animals and Sasha Baron Cohen takes on Freddie Mercury

September 17, 2010 -- No luck for Los Angeles City College student Jonathan Lopez... Today a federal appeals court tossed out his lawsuit claiming that a teacher illegally berated him in class for making a speech opposing same sex marriage.

'Put This On' offers fashion advice for men

Fashion week just wrapped up in New York, but here in Southern California we are always on the cutting edge of style. “Put This On” is a new website dedicated to helping men understand the world of fashion. The site was designed by two dapper dans from Los Angeles — Jesse Thorn and Adam Lisagor. The two spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Dream Act preview, free financial literacy class, 3D films for TV

September 16, 2010 -- The DREAM Act may come up for a vote in the US Senate as early as next week. The Act would allow foreign-born children who graduate from American high schools and finish college or military service to become American citizens.

Newscast with Alex Cohen

This is 89.3KPCC’s 3:30pm newscast for September 16, 2010 hosted by Alex Cohen. The newscast includes a story by KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty on this year’s X-Prize and a story on the Senate possibly taking up the Dream Act.

Daily Dose - Pipeline investigation, fitness centers for schools and "American Idol" online auditions

September 15, 2010 -- A Northern California lawmaker wants Congress to take a close look at last week's deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. At least four people were killed in the blast that set fire to a neighborhood near San Francisco.

LA-based Saudi diplomat seeks asylum

A Saudi diplomat based in Los Angeles is looking for asylum in the U.S. for fear he would be killed if he returned to Saudi Arabia. According to NBC news, Ali Ahmad Asseri says Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and close friends with a Jewish woman.

Daily Dose - Bell salaries, Bush returns the Heisman and Lionsgate's new Hispanic venture

September 14, 2010 - The saga of the Bell city council just never seems to stop... Here's the latest: Councilman Luis Artiga says he supports the recall effort BUT he won't resign!Why's that? Well, Artiga says if he quits, then the three other council members could appoint a replacement instead of leaving it up to the residents to make their choice.

Daily Dose - refunds for Bell and San Bruno, Hollywood Reporter goes weekly

September 13, 2010 -- Finally some good news for the residents of Bell. Property tax refunds are on the way to thousands of homeowners there thanks to Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado signing a bill today.

Daily Dose - San Bruno explosion, UC media rules and the Governor's daughter's book

September 10, 2010 - Officials have confirmed that four people were killed last night when a gas line ruptured in San Bruno and a fireball exploded through a group of homes. Renee Dils lives about two blocks from where the blast happened.

Jenna Fischer and husband Lee Kirk revive play 'Sad Happy Sucker'

Actress Jenna Fischer is a regular on the hit TV show “The Office” where she plays secretary-turned-saleswoman Pam. You may also catch her in real life at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Los Angeles. There, she’s the producer of the play “Sad Happy Sucker." The playwright is Lee Kirk, Jenna Fischer’s husband. The two spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen, who asked Fischer what made her want to produce this absurdist comedy.

Daily Dose - Fewer traffic deaths, tattoo ruling and Tea Party rally in California

September 9, 2010 -- There's some good news today -- traffic fatalities have dropped to their lowest level since 1950. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says traffic deaths nationwide were down 9.

Daily Dose - Unnecessary ER visits, asteroid encounter and San Francisco skyscraper climber

September 7, 2010 -- According to a study released today by the Santa Monica-based think tank RAND, about 17 percent of visits to U.S. emergency rooms are unnecessary, involving conditions that could be treated at medical clinics or urgent care centers.

'Little Rock Nine' member Jefferson Thomas dies

One of the nine black students to integrate a high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. Jefferson Thomas was 67 years old.

Daily Dose: Jenna Fischer on Steve Carrell, Jerry Hall's art for sale and R.I.P. Mike Edwards

September 6, 2010 -- Happy Labor Day! Hopefully you have the day off and you can enjoy the holiday, perhaps by watching reruns of "The Office." The hit comedy starts has been filming its final season here in Southern California.