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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

Station Fire victim reflects on loss of home

The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history began one year ago yesterday. The Station Fire burned through 160,000 acres and destroyed about 90 homes, including the home of Adi Ell-Ad.

Gritty thriller 'The Scenesters' comes to Downtown Independent

A serial killer has been picking off beautiful, blonde hipsters on the east side of Los Angeles and leaving behind a strange trail of clues. That’s the plot of the film “The Scenesters.” It’s playing for a week starting today at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. The writer and director of the film, Todd Berger, spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

'Lost' props go on the auction block this weekend

The television series 'LOST' may be over, but fans now have a chance to own a piece of the bizarre and mysterious island life.

Jews on Vinyl Revue at Skirball Cultural Center to feature Johnny Mathis

This Thursday, the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles will welcome some very special guests for a concert called the Jews on Vinyl Revue. The concert is produced by the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation and is part of an ongoing exhibit of the same name at the Skirball.

Daily Dose - Gay Marriages on hold, Obama in LA and RIP Robert Wilson

August 16, 2010 - Of course the huge news of the day is that same-sex weddings in California are now on hold indefinitely. This while a federal appeals court considers the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

Rilakkuma fever spreads to Los Angeles

Move over Hello Kitty! There’s a new Japanese character taking the world by storm. He’s brown and white with a very chilled out look. His name is Rilakkuma.

48 Hour Film Project kicks off in LA

What started in 2001 as a few independent filmmaker's quest to make a watchable film in a short amount of time has grown to a worldwide annual contest that last year had over 40,000 filmmakers produce 3,000 films in 76 cities.

Daily Dose - Mitrice Richardson remains, birth reunion and Typhiod Fever outbreak

August 12, 2010 - Today we look at cops and life and cops and death. Let's start with the sadder of the two... Today L.A .County coroners confirmed that skeletal remains found this week in Malibu are indeed those of Mitrice Richardson.

Classes get underway early in some Inland Empire school districts

It's only the beginning of August and the school bells are already ringing in some Inland Empire school districts.

Daily Dose - Voter fraud hotline, pitbull rescue, rare Manzanita found

August 9, 2010 -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown's office launched a hotline today for people to report voter fraud. The announcement follows reports from people who live in Bell, who claim that city officials pressured them to fill out absentee ballots for recent elections.

Daily Dose - Hiroshima anniversary, HP CEO leaves, Emma Thompson's star

August 6, 2010 -- Today is the 65th anniversary of the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Members of the Nikkei Interfaith group marked the occasion with a noontime ceremony in downtown LA's Little Tokyo.

Neil Patrick Harris brings 'Rent' to the Hollywood Bowl

Neil Patrick Harris has come a long way since he starred as the young doctor Doogie Howser more than two decades ago. Now he's directing a production of "RENT" at the Hollywood Bowl, starring Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit. He took time out of a recent rehearsal to talk with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - San Diego terror arrest, Yosemite Views, Kobayashi out of trouble

August 5, 2010 -- The federal government has charged 14 people as participants in a "deadly pipeline" that routed money and fighters from the US to the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab.

MarriageTrial shoots video of Prop 8 ruling

When the US Supreme Court blocked the public broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial, John Ireland took matters into his own hands. He started, a website that features videos of actors re-enacting the historic case based on court transcripts and first-hand accounts from bloggers. Today when Judge Vaughn Walker issued his ruling overturning Prop 8, John Ireland and his troupe went back to work. He took a break to talk with KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Daily Dose - Prop. 8 decision reaction, pot for the poor and global tv watching habits

August 4, 2010 -- Of course the HUGE story of the day was Judge Vaughn Walker overturning Proposition 8. Same-sex marriage supporters are getting ready for what's now a celebratory rally tonight at West Hollywood Park.