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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

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.

Riverside County opens Cool Centers to beat summer heat

Now that cities across the Coachella Valley have begun issuing heat warnings, Riverside County is offering places to keep cool. KPCC’s Alex Cohen reports.

350 firefighters on location battling flames near Getty Center

About 350 firefighters are on location battling a brush fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Fire officials have recommended voluntary evacuations in the area. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and says the fire has burned at least 80 acres.

Firefighters hose down brush fire near Sepulveda Pass; 20 percent contained

A brush fire continues to burn near the Sepulveda Pass . Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt and brings news that the fire is now 20 percent contained.

Fire officials recommend voluntary evacutions near Getty Center brush fire

KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Ron Hartwig, VP of communication for the J. Paul Getty Trust, about Wednesday's evacuation of the Getty Center. A brush fire on the mountain north of the Getty Center prompted the Los Angeles Fire Department to recommend a voluntary evacuation.

Winds calm as firefighters battle flames near Getty Center

The Getty Center and Mount St. Mary's College were evacuated due to a fire near the Sepulveda Pass. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt reporting from the command post for the fire and says winds are calm.

Firefighters battle fire near Getty Center

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Brian Watt as he brings the latest details on the fire near the Getty Center.

LA city prepares for Michael Jackson Memorial

The city of Los Angeles is preparing for thousands of people to attend the memorial for pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday at Staples Center. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Council President Eric Garcetti out of town, Council President Pro Tem Jan Perry is acting mayor. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Perry about the preparations for the memorial.

David Campbell at the Hollywood Bowl

This Fourth of July weekend there are three big concerts you might want to check out at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday and Saturday, John Fogerty will be performing with the L.A. Philharmonic. On Sunday the Phil will play with indie rock darlings Death Cab for Cutie.

State controller starts printing, mailing IOUs

The California Controller’s Office began printing IOUs this afternoon in Sacramento so the state government can pay its bills. Controller John Chiang says without a balanced budget, there’s not enough cash on hand – so he had no choice but to go to IOUs. KPCC’s Julie Small watched as the promises to pay rolled off the printers.

California's treasurer offers unusual plan for breaking budget gridlock

California has begun issuing IOUs today as it still lacks solutions to the $26 billion budget deficit. Today in the Los Angeles Times, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer offered one idea for moving beyond the current impasse. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Lockyer about his idea and about the IOUs.