Alex Cohen Host, Take Two

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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 - 4th of July highway deaths, speed eater arrest, and new police chief for Riverside

July 5, 2010 - Hope you had a lovely fourth of July holiday! I also hope it was a safe one... Sadly it wasn't for everyone. Four people were killed in Los Angeles County, and 299 suspected drunken drivers were arrested on L.

New documentary looking at notorious West Virginia family screens in Los Angeles

The Whites are one of West Virginia’s most notorious families. They deal drugs, do drugs, rob, steal, kill... and they tap dance. Southern California-based filmmaker Julien Nitzberg’s new documentary about this criminal clan is "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." It plays this weekend at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. (Audio: Hear him talk about the film with KPCC's Alex Cohen.)

Daily Dose - fireworks safety, new Spider Man and Manny's car for sale

July 1, 2010 - Happy July everyone! The big Independence Day holiday is just a few days away. No surprise then that officials are issuing their annual warnings about setting off fireworks in driveways and backyards.

Daily Dose - World's Ugliest Dog, oldest postal worker and cadmium jewelry recall

June 30, 2010 - If you listen to me on KPCC regularly, you've probably picked up on the fact that I'm a bit of a dog nut. So I was definitely intrigued when I saw the story of Princess Abby! She's missing one eye and a lot of fur.

Daily Dose - Cracking down on raves, raving about the LAPD building and Barbara Eden's new book

June 29, 2010 - I'll admit it. I like to think of myself as a fairly hip person who's done a lot of interesting things in her lifetime. I've seen sci-fi themed burlesque shows, been to Kaiju Monster Big battle and I've been to biker gang parties at the top of a warehouse in Chinatown.

Thanks L.A. Press Club for the lovely honor!!!

June 28, 2010 -- Last night, KPCC did incredibly well at the L.A. Press Club awards. We took home 14 awards, with a whopping nine first place plaques. Here's a pic of me with mine for Best Anchor in Radio taken by AirTalk's Gina Delvac:

Watching Movies with Cinespia's John Wyatt

June 25, 2010 -- Officially speaking, summer began on Monday of this week. But for me, it didn't really feel like my favorite season began until last night!

Didi Conn brings 'Grease' sing-a-long to Hollywood Bowl

Tonight at the Hollywood Bowl, fans of the film “Grease” can sing along with hits like “Hopelessly Devoted To You” and “Greased Lightning.” Actress Didi Conn, who played Frenchy in the movie, will host the evening.

Daily Dose - Chasing Chase, immigration challenge and Timbaland at Culver City High

June 24, 2010 -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill heard from the CEOs of five mortgage lenders today about whether a federal program to help homeowners facing foreclosure is working.

Daily Dose - Small businesses get help from Goldman Sachs, death to smoocher and Robert Pattinson's vampire ancestors

June 23, 2010 -- It's not news that many of California's small businesses are suffering in the midst of this economic recession. But today, I'm pleased to report that there may be some relief for local businesses, courtesy of Goldman Sachs.

Daily Dose - School protests, new deputy superintendent and everybody cut FOOTLOOSE!

June 22, 2010 -- About 200 members of the union that represents L.A. Unified clerical workers protested outside school district headquarters today.

Daily Dose - Lakers parade, Michael Jackson on point, Randy Jackson weighs in

June 21, 2010 -- Thousands of Lakers fans packed the streets of downtown Los Angeles today to honor the NBA championship team.

Jonah Hill stars in 'Cyrus'

The film "Cyrus" premieres at the Los Angeles film Festival tonight. The film stars Jonah Hill as Cyrus. Hill also plays one of the leads in the film "Get Him to the Greek." He recently spent some time talking with KPCC's Alex Cohen about the character of Cyrus and his work as a screenwriter.

Noted Southern California economist Jack Kyser retires

The voice of Jack Kyser is one you’ve heard often here on KPCC. For years, he’s postulated on the future of Southern California’s economy as the founding economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the L.A. County Economic Development Corporation. Now, the 76-year-old financial forecaster is retiring.

Daily Dose - Nintendo 3DS, Arizona boycott, Santa Ana sucker

June 15, 2010 -- If I were to play hooky this week, I'd want to head to the big E3 gaming conference. I'm not even that big of a gamer - though I do like the occasional round of Guitar Hero.