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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 - 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.

Daily Dose - UCI Irvine reduces Muslim group suspension, Bell checks into email and cleanup at Santa Susanna Field

September 3, 2010 -- UC Irvine has reduced a campus Muslim group's suspension to one quarter. The University had originally suspended the Muslim Student Union for a full year after its members disrupted a visit by the Israeli ambassador Michael Oren in February.

Inara George hosts Dolly Parton Tribute Concert

Dolly Parton fans take note! If you are sticking around Southern California this Labor Day weekend, you can see some of the region’s finest singers perform their version of Parton tunes in Topanga this Saturday. The tribute concert was organized by acclaimed singer/songwriter Inara George to raise money for one of her favorite causes. She told KPCC’s Alex Cohen why she’s so inspired by the Queen of Country Music.

Beverly Hills celebrates '90210'

Today is September 2, 2010 or 9/02/10. Those are the same numbers that belong to the infamous zip code, popularized by the '90s TV show "Beverly Hills 90210."

Daily Dose - Quitting smoking in L.A., Facebook v Greenpeace and Fashion's Night Out

September 1, 2010 -- Believe it or not, I used to be a smoker. At one point, I smoked nearly a pack a day. Luckily, back in the mid-90s I fell in love with a non-smoker and with his support, I was able to give up the habit.

Luke Burbank brings 'Too Beautiful to Live' to LA

Many KPCC listeners are probably familiar with the name Luke Burbank. He was a reporter and host for NPR, based out of Culver City. A few years back, he moved to Seattle, where he now hosts a radio show and podcast called “Too Beautiful To Live.” Next week, Burbank will take a live version of his show to Los Angeles with some very special guests. He gave a sneak preview to KPCC’s Alex Cohen.