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: 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.

Daily Dose: Gay Marriage, "Avatar" on DVD and snow sports

March 16, 2010 -- There's a new hitch in the gay marriage trial... The sponsors of Proposition 8 are seeking access to the internal campaign documents of gay rights groups that opposed the ban on same-sex marriage, including Equality California.

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.