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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: Death penalty, the McCourt's Dodgers feud and wildlife tunnel

March 30, 2010 -- Rodney Alcala was sentenced to death for the third time today for the slaying of Robin Samsoe. But today was the first time he was convicted for the slayings of 18-year-old runaway Jill Barcomb, 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted and 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

DWP rates, owl cam and Stanford gets tough(er)

The battle over a proposed LADWP rate hike continues... Today, Mayor Villaraigosa said he's willing to compromise, even though he originally asked for a 2.7 cent per kilowatt hike.

Star Warz Burlesque

Today it's been a CRAZY day here at KPCC. My producer is out sick, as are several of our reporters. So, sadly, I don't have much time to put together a Daily Dose.

Charles Phoenix's 'Up with Downey' Tour

On Saturday, King of Kitsch Charles Phoenix will lead a five-hour walking and bus tour of Downey. KPCC's Alex Cohen went with Charles to Downey for a sneak preview. You can hear their adventure in the audio link above.

Los Angeles Sake Festival kicks off Saturday night

Raise a glass and say "kampai!" Saturday night at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. It's the L.A. Sake Festival.

Daily Dose: Gore on DWP, Hare Krishnas and islands in the lake

The ex-vice Prez gave a shout out to L.A. today. Al Gore said he's in favor of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan for a carbon reduction surcharge on LADWP customers.

Initaitive to legalize marijuana makes November ballot

A measure that would legalize and tax marijuana has qualified for the November ballot.

Daily Dose: Teacher layoffs, De Leon station, Yosemite quarters and Octomom eviction

March 24, 2010 -- Teacher layoffs is never a fun topic, but today, KPCC listeners hit it head on with L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines on Patt Morrison's show. Cortines says the district is continuing budget negotiations with its teacher's union and administrators.

Daily Dose: Swift water rescue, Standard Hotel pool, Energy Star and breastfeeding

March 23, 2010 -- Earlier this year, when it seemed like it was raining every day, there were a number of times when L.A.'s swift water rescue team had to dive in and help out Angelenos stranded in the water.

Daily Dose: Rape legislation, gay marriage and octomom porn

March 22, 2010 -- Not sure why this happened, but three of the most interesting items on today's news wires have to do with sex and sexuality. So, let's just say if that's a subject you are squeamish about, read no further.

Andy Warhol photos inspire Pomona College Museum exhibit

Pomona College Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit called "Famous for 15," that combines old Andy Warhol photos with modern cell phone pictures.

Daily Dose: film incentives, Riverside incentives, scholarship for the lesbian who wants prom

March 19, 2010 -- I start my weekdays at Griffith Park, where I work out with a great group of folks each morning. Lately, we've seen a bunch of LADWP trucks throughout the park with all sorts of equipment.

Daily Dose: Arts cuts, West Nile, porn & condoms and Fess Parker

March 18, 2010 -- I like to think of L.A. as a hub of arts and culture. But this week, that world suffered quite a blow. Today, managers of the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs met with employees to reveal layoffs and cuts.

Woodland Hills high school wins state academic decathlon

El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills won this week's California Academic Decathlon, beating 61 other teams from across the state.

Daily Dose: Jobs bill, bike census, Reagan tapes and Sylvia Poggioli

Good news for the unemployed today! The U.S.Senate approved a bill that offers companies tax breaks to hire the unemployed. The legislation pumps money into highway and transit projects just in time for the spring construction season.