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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

'Yuri's Night' celebrates anniversary of first man in space

Fifty years ago this week, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space. People around the world will mark that anniversary with a celebration called "Yuri's Night."

Journalist, civil rights activist Almena Lomax dies at 95

Civil rights activist and noted black journalist Almena Lomax has died. She was 95 years old. Lomax was the founder of the Los Angeles Tribune, a weekly newspaper that chronicled black LA. It was published for nearly for two decades, beginning in 1941.

Elderly Santa Anita Park employee saves girl's life

A 90-year-old race track worker at Santa Anita Park put his own body on the line and pushed a 6-year-old girl out of the path of a runaway horse. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke, who wrote about this heroic story.

LA County Fire Department team join search and rescue efforts in Japan

L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief David Stone is a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team, one of two U.S. teams that are trained and authorized to help in rescue missions abroad. The team arrived in Japan on March 13. He spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen about the devastation he’s seen so far.

'Found Footage Festival' puts spotlight on bad videos

On Sunday, the Oscars celebrated the best in film. But on Tuesday, The "Found Footage Festival" will celebrate the best (or worst) in videos found in dumpsters, thrift stores and garage sales across America.

New feature offers a whole new view of the Oscars

The Academy Awards are going high-tech this year. A new feature will offer online viewers an inside look at everywhere from the red carpet to the exclusive Governor's Ball after party, and the viewers will be able to control the action through 360-degree cameras.

Director John Waters brings one-man show 'This Filthy World' to UCLA

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards is just over a week away. Director John Waters is a member of the Academy and he’ll share his Oscar insights at UCLA’s Royce Hall in an upcoming one-man show called “This Filthy World.”

Monrovia company develops hummingbird-shaped drone

A Monrovia company has developed a miniature drone that doesn't look anything like your normal drone. It's in the shape of a hummingbird.

Egyptian Theatre screens rare Beatles film

Forty-seven years ago this month, The Beatles performed their first concert in the United States at the Washington, DC Coliseum. Video of that show was screened across the country the following month, but few people have seen it since. Now, Southern Californians will have that chance.

LA's answer to 'Glee': The Silver Lake Chorus

Silverlake resident Samantha Rader has long enjoyed singing. The clinical psychologist was hoping to find a local chorus to join. But when online searches for an eastside glee club proved fruitless, she decided to start The Silver Lake Chorus. She joined KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about the group's first year in action.

LA Lottery League plays 'mix and match' with local bands

Some bands get together in high school or college. Others find each other through classifieds or on Craigslist. Still others will result as part of a new musical experiment known as the L.A. Lottery League. Music promoter Sean Carney, aka Sean Carnage, described the project.

Hicksville: Kitschy new resort in Joshua Tree caters to artists and musicians

If you are looking for a new destination to visit in 2011, you may want to think about Joshua Tree. Even if you've been to the area before, chances are you haven't seen its latest resort - a place called Hicksville. KPCC's Alex Cohen paid a visit.

New app helps people find parking spots in Los Angeles

If guests visit from out of town for the holidays, they just might want to hit tourist attractions in Hollywood. New technology can make those trips much easier.

INTERVIEW: Amy Adams nabs awards nominations for 'The Fighter'

Actress Amy Adams has snagged Screen Actors’ Guild and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress for her performance in the “The Fighter,” directed by David O. Russell. In the film she plays Charlene Fleming, the real-life girlfriend of boxer Micky Ward.

'The Corrido of LA' project celebrates Mexican Revolution centennial

Since the 19th century, ballads known as corridos have been used to document events of social and political life. This weekend the band Ozomatli will perform modern-day corridos written by local students.