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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

DA's office won't retry Bruce Lisker case

Los Angeles County prosecutors say they can't win a murder conviction against a man they thought they'd convicted 24 years ago. That admission to an L.A. judge has ended criminal proceedings against Bruce Lisker. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Lisker who was released last month from Mule Creek State Prison near Sacramento.

NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro sings at the Hollywood Bowl

Usually when you hear NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro on KPCC, he’s reporting on the Justice Department or domestic surveillance. But he also sings. He’ll do that Saturday, September 19th at the Hollywood Bowl when he appears with the band Pink Martini of Portland, Oregon. Ari told KPCC's Alex Cohen how he got involved with the band and his thoughts on his big Southern California debut.

Fire victim speaks about life since losing his home

Two assistance centers opened in Acton and Sylmar Thursday to help people who need disaster relief services in the wake of the Station Fire. One man who’s paying a visit is Adi Ell-Ad, who lost his home in the Vogel Flat neighborhood. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with him yesterday. He told Alex he’s been taking life after the fire one step at a time.

State lawmakers pass bill to restore 'Healthy Families' funding

The state Assembly has passed a bill that would keep more than 600,000 children from being pushed off the state's "Healthy Families" program, which provides low-cost medical insurance. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the bill's passage and also about the latest developments on overcrowding in state prisons.

Authorities open homicide investigation into deaths of firefighters

Fire officials say the cause of the station fire was arson and authorities are opening a homicide investigation. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department about the latest developments.

Big Tujunga Canyon resident returns to destroyed home

The Station Fire has destroyed 64 homes. One of those was of Adi Ell-Ad. KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with Ell-Ad earlier this week and caught up with him again Thursday after he visited his home in Big Tujunga Canyon. Ell-Ad talked about what it was like returning to his neighborhood.

Coverage of wildfires provides moment of levity on Tonight Show

The wildfires are no laughing matter, except for a brief moment on late night television. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Tonight Show writer Rob Kutner about a joke he wrote, which included references to KPCC and the wildfires.

Concern over historic cabins in Angeles National Forest

Sue Burgess recently evacuated from an area known as Chantry Flat, which is seven miles east of Mount Wilson and north of Sierra Madre. Burgess and her daughter own Adams' Pack Station at Chantry Flat and spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about the area and its importance.

LA Council member wants to ban mobile billboards

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine wants to ban mobile billboards – those supersized ads that trucks tow throughout the city. KPCC’s Alex Cohen has the story.

Fire threatens dog rescue ranch

The folks working on a ranch near Acton are especially worried about the fire. That ranch is called Daphneyland and the woman in charge is Dawn Smith. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Smith about Daphneyland and about being so close to the fires.

Fire evacuations lifted in La Canada, La Crescenta

KPCC"s Alex Cohen spoke with L.A. County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore about the decision to lift evacuations in La Canada and La Crescenta.

Station Fire destroys dozens of homes

The Station fire has destroyed 53 homes or other structures, including the home of Adi Ell-Ad. He lost his home in Big Tujunga Canyon over the weekend. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Ell-Ad and asked him about leaving his home. (Note: It was originally stated that 74 structures had been destroyed; that number was incorrect.)

Assembly passes scaled back prison plan

California's State Assembly passed a plan Monday to cut about $1 billion from the state prison budget. The measure would also reduce the inmate population by 17,000. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with state capitol reporter Julie Small about the bill.

Fridays at Barnsdall Art Park

This summer, the Barnsdall Art Park on Olive Hill in Los Angeles has been hosting weekly wine tastings. The proceeds help to fund programs like free weekend art classes for kids. KPCC’s Alex Cohen spoke with Marshall Lewy and Avidan Ross of the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation. They told her about the woman the park is named after – Aline Barnsdall. We hear first from Marshall.

California astronaut part of NASA's Discovery crew

NASA's space shuttle Discovery will try for the third time tomorrow to blast away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to dock with the International Space Station. KPCC's Steve Julian talked to Pat Duggins, who reports from Florida for National Public Radio on shuttle missions. Duggins tells Steve Julian how the forecast will be for the tomorrow's launch. Also, Jose Hernandez of California is a crew member on the shuttle Discovery. KPCC's Alex Cohen talked to his brother, Gill Hernandez, about growing up as children of migrant farm workers in California.