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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

Governor's line item vetoes cut millions to state AIDS office

Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto authority to save $656 million, money he says is needed in case of an emergency. He had to make some serious cuts to create that reserve fund, including cuts to the state office of AIDS. KPCC's Alex Cohen asked Dr. Michelle Roland, who heads that office, to spell out what the governor's decision means.

State Assembly passes budget, rejects 2 budget measures

The state Assembly has approved the budget plan this afternoon, but they rejected two of the most controversial measures within it. Following a 20 hour session, the state assembly has approved the budget plan sending the package of financial fixes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Here to fill us in on all the latest is KPCC’s capital reporter Julie Small. Julie Small brings us up to date on how the budget looks without these two measures in it.

Cinespia: Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Thirty years ago this summer, a movie came out featuring Mel Brooks, Bob Hope, Richard Pryor, Orson Welles, Steve Martin... and a frog named Kermit. "The Muppet Movie" is playing on the big screen once again this weekend... at a cemetery! It’s part of the Cinespia film series at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. That’s where KPCC's Alex Cohen met up with John Wyatt, the man who started showing classic movies in the final resting place of some of Hollywood's greatest stars.

Community group talks about future of Neverland Ranch

In Los Olivos, California, debate over the future of a piece of property once owned by Michael Jackson is heating up. Last summer a company called Colony Capital, LLC purchased the loan on the property known commonly as Neverland Ranch. KPCC has called Colony and the company won’t commit on their plans for the 2,500 acre site, but neighbors are worried that the ranch could be developed as a tourist destination in tribute to the King of Pop. They’ve recently formed a group called “NEVER” which refers to when they’d like to see a Graceland style-like resort in their community. Alex Cohen asked founder Bob Field what leads him to believe that Colony Capital has plans for the ranch’s development.

Prison cuts would reduce state prison population by 27,000 inmates

Part of the budget deal state lawmakers struck this week is a plan to cut one and a quarter billion dollars from prison spending. The L.A. Times reported today that the state would do that by reducing the prison population by around 27,000 inmates. Sacramento’s reporter Julie Small joins KPCC's Alex Cohen to talk about that deal.

Schwarzenegger, legistative leaders reach budget agreement

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Sacramento reporter Julie Small as news breaks that Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders agree on a budget that would close California's multi-billion dollar deficit.

Remembering Judi Ann Mason

A trailblazer for African-American women writers passed away last week. Judi Ann Mason died on July 8th en route to UCLA Medical Center. She was 54.

Har Mar Superstar rocks LA

This weekend, Sean Tillmann, a.k.a. Har Mar Superstar, will take to the stage at the Three Clubs in Hollywood. Har Mar’s sound is one part Stevie Wonder, one part Prince, maybe a little Ginuwine, too. His look...? Well, he looks like a short white guy from Minnesota - because that is exactly who Sean Tillmann is. The name Har Mar actually comes from a mall back home. Har Mar has grown a loyal fan base on account of his recorded music, comic video tributes to holidays, and his live shows. KPCC's Alex Cohen recently spoke with Har Mar at his home in Hollywood.

Lancaster mayor threatens motel where bikers plan meet

The mayor of Lancaster is threatening to shut down the Desert Inn motel. KPCC’s Alex Cohen says the city’s trying to thwart the Mongols motorcycle club.

Famed photographer Julius Shulman dies

Julius Shulman, one of the world's foremost architectural photographers, died. He was 98 years old. Jonathan Weedman, Regional Vice President of the Wells Fargo Foundation, had the pleasure of meeting Shulman 10 years ago. The two became close friends and shared a passion for photography. Weedman told KPCC's Alex Cohen what Shulman was like away from his camera.

Legislative leaders express hope about budget deal

Legislative leaders are optimistic that a budget deal may be reached tonight. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with State capital reporter Julie Small about the negotiations.

FBI relationship with Muslim groups falters over FBI informant

As we reported yesterday, the relationship between the FBI and the Southern California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has been a troubled one lately. One reason for that has to do with a man named Craig Monteilh. Many Muslims in Southern California claim he infiltrated mosques and gyms while working as an FBI informant. More from KPCC's Alex Cohen.

Relations between FBI and Muslim groups falter

In a speech he delivered earlier this summer in Cairo, President Obama called for more engagement between Americans and Muslims. But in Southern California, there’s a break in a long-standing relationship between one of the nation’s largest Muslim-American groups and a key part of the federal government. In the first of a two-part series, KPCC’s Alex Cohen has more on how this relationship began - and how things went wrong.

'500 Days of Summer' stars talk about the film

In the upcoming movie "500 Days of Summer," a young greeting card writer played by Joseph Gordon Levitt falls desperately in love with one of his coworkers named Summer. Summer, played by Zooey Deschanel, likes him, too, but the two have decidedly different views about relationships. The film comes out on July 17th and much of it was shot in Southern California. But unlike many other films which showcase Beverly Hills, Hollywood, or the beach, "500 Days of Summer" is set almost entirely in downtown L.A. Several scenes were shot at the Redwood Bar on 2nd Street. That's where KPCC's Alex Cohen caught up with stars Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

Health officials suggest Californians shed pounds to help state save

As California tries to close its budget gap by shedding programs and services, a public health non-profit suggests that Californians shed some pounds, too. KPCC’s Alex Cohen has more on the conclusions of a new statewide study.