Alex Cohen Host, Take Two

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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: Cars, trains and bikes. Plus - Champ the dog!

March 15, 2010 -- Remember that runaway Prius that was doing 94 miles per hour on a freeway near San Diego last week? The driver, James Sikes, says the car was accelerating out of control.

Strip teasing Storm Troopers? Must be Star Warz Burlesque

When it comes to options for weekend entertainment, the force is strong with this one… Tonight in Hollywood at the Music Box Theater, it’s the Star Warz Burlesque. Gorgeous gals will dress up like C3P0, Darth Vader and yes, even Jabba the Hut. And then, they’ll take it all off.

Daily Dose: Toyota trifecta and Rx drug probe linked to Haim

March 13, 2010 - Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas says he's the first county prosecutor in the U.S. To file a consumer protection lawsuit against Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales USA.

Southern California woman with rare disease plans to scale Mt. Everest

Cal State Fullerton lecturer Cindy Abbott suffers from a rare disease, and has lost sight in one eye, but that isn't stopping her from trying to climb one of the world's tallest mountains.

Daily Dose: Budget freeze, teachers in trouble, porn condoms and eagle counting

Times are tough for the city of Los Angeles. That's not news. But what is new is what the city is doing about it.

Betty White on SNL and Barbie does "Mad Men"

Two great items of news today:

Daily Dose: Whale sushi, pesky moths, LAUSD probe and RIP Corey

Just yesterday, here in the studios, we were talking about the strangest things we've ever eaten. For me, the answer is raw horse meat. It's a specialty in Kumamoto, Japan, where I used to live.

California property sales draw worldwide attention

Twenty four office buildings in California are up for sale in an attempt to close the state's budget deficit.

Daily Dose: Death Penalty for Alcala, Meat thermometer in the neck, runaway Prius and ambulance cuts

March 9, 2010 -- Today a jury in Orange County recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala. Alcala was convicted last month of murdering 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and four women during the 1970s.

Loophole in Jessica's law allows sex offender to live near school

California's "Jessica's Law," prevents convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school, but in the tony northern California town of Piedmont, convicted sex offender James Donnelly is living right across the street from an elementary school.

Daily Dose: Ashburn outs himself, visa fraud ring busted, court layoffs and that really weird Oscar moment

KPCC tries not to go the way of tabloid news, but the story of Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn is just too big to ignore. The father of four has outed himself as a gay man. This after he was arrested for driving under the influence last week in Sacramento.

PaleyFest - A tribute to the best of TV

This is a big weekend for movies. The Independent Spirit Awards are tonight and the 82nd Academy Awards follow on Sunday. It’s not a bad time for television either.

Daily Dose: Awards season, responsible banking and the Governator gives it back

March 5, 2010 -- The big story of the day is the 82nd Academy Awards. With the expansion of the Best Picture category to ten flicks; the David versus Goliath battle between "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" and James Cameron versus ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director category, it should definitely be one to watch.

Daily Dose: Education rallies, Andre Birotte's new gig and the hullabaloo over "Food Inc."

The big story of the day -- education. Across the country today it was a "Day of Action," a call to protest cuts in school funding, something we know a thing or two about here in southern California.

Daily Dose: Elephants, salamanders and suspicious objects - oh my!

March 3, 2010 -- The 2010 Census is upon us and Los Angeles wants to make sure historically undercounted neighborhoods aren't left behind... The city of Angels was one of the most undercounted cities in the last census, and that cost L.