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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

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.

Daily Dose - Stormwater clean up, DWP discounts and rare Bugatti

August 3, 2010 -- More than a dozen cities along the lower part of the LA River are installing screens to capture trash before it heads downstream. The effort is part of the $10 million LA Gateway Cities Catch Basin Insert Project, which kicked off today in Long Beach.

Daily Dose - LA iPhone App, Ronald Reagan youth and strange pet award

August 2, 2010 -- I gotta say, I love my iPhone and its apps. This past weekend they served me well in Vegas where I was able to look up directions, add facebook friends and tweet my musings without ever touching my computer.

UCLA launches hand transplantation program

UCLA is launching the first hand transplantation program on the West Coast. The program is designed to help those who have lost their hand or forearm.

Daily Dose - X Games open, Brooks Brothers jeans and LAX haute cuisine

July 29, 2010 - First of all, take note I won't be blogging tomorrow because I'll be at RollerCon - the annual roller derby convention held each year in Vegas. My ride leaves tonight!Were I not heading out of town, I'd be heading downtown to check out the X Games.

Daily Dose - Ronald Reagan Day, Mark Wahlberg's star and Fantasy Springs jobs

July 28, 2010 -- Two new California laws mark the birthday of former governor and U.S. President Ronald Reagan. He was born on February 6, 1911, and one law establishes that date each year as "Ronald Reagan Day" in the Golden State.

Daily Dose - Venice vehicle living, tribute to John Hughes and Toronto Film Festival line-up announced

July 27, 2010 -- Most of us who live in Southern California have seen it before... People living in their cars, trucks and RVs on the streets.

Neighborly Lending In The Digital Age

In these difficult economic times, many Americans are wary of buying items they'll use just once or twice and then store in the garage. But for those times you really need a hedge clipper or camping stove, there's, an inventory of items your neighbors are willing to lend.

Daily Dose - online gaming, Governor gets tough, offshore boozing

July 26, 2010 -- During these tough times many of us are looking to make a few extra bucks any way we can. And Washington is no different.