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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: Good Friday, Metrolink CEO, Metrolink passengers and USC honorary degrees

Today is Good Friday and hundreds of folks lined up in Skid Row in downtown L.A. for the Los Angeles Mission's annual Good Friday/Easter Event. The Mission's president, Herb Smith said the number of people seeking the Mission's services has been on the rise in recent years.

The Runaways' Cherie Currie tells all in her book 'Neon Angel'

When she was just fifteen years old, Cherie Currie was approached to join a all-girl teenage rock band called The Runaways. Click above to listen to KPCC's Alex Cohen chat with Cherie Currie at her San Fernando Valley home.

Daily Dose: DWP hikes, GOP & marijuana, Craigslist & marijuana, marathoner recovers

LADWP customers won't pay higher bills for at least three months. That's because the DWP and the L.A. City Council failed to pass a rate increase last night.

Bassist Mike Watt debuts 'Eye-Gifts From Pedro'

Tonight the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica hosts an opening reception for an exhibit called "Eye-Gifts from Pedro." It's a collection of photographs by punk bassist Mike Watt. Click above to listen to an extended interview with KPCC's Alex Cohen and Mike Watt at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica.

Daily Dose: Mobile billboards, immigration decrease and census forms

March 31, 2010 -- Don't get me wrong, I love trucks, especially when they are cooking up delicious Korean short rib tacos or french fries topped with steak and cheese. But those trucks that haul ginormous billboards? I'm not a big fan.

Dan Glickman leaves the MPAA

In the summer of 2004, Jack Valenti, long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America retired and was replaced by former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. But come Thursday, Glickman's tenure comes to an end.

Daily Dose: Death penalty, the McCourt's Dodgers feud and wildlife tunnel

March 30, 2010 -- Rodney Alcala was sentenced to death for the third time today for the slaying of Robin Samsoe. But today was the first time he was convicted for the slayings of 18-year-old runaway Jill Barcomb, 27-year-old nurse Georgia Wixted and 21-year-old Jill Parenteau.

DWP rates, owl cam and Stanford gets tough(er)

The battle over a proposed LADWP rate hike continues... Today, Mayor Villaraigosa said he's willing to compromise, even though he originally asked for a 2.7 cent per kilowatt hike.

Star Warz Burlesque

Today it's been a CRAZY day here at KPCC. My producer is out sick, as are several of our reporters. So, sadly, I don't have much time to put together a Daily Dose.

Charles Phoenix's 'Up with Downey' Tour

On Saturday, King of Kitsch Charles Phoenix will lead a five-hour walking and bus tour of Downey. KPCC's Alex Cohen went with Charles to Downey for a sneak preview. You can hear their adventure in the audio link above.

Los Angeles Sake Festival kicks off Saturday night

Raise a glass and say "kampai!" Saturday night at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. It's the L.A. Sake Festival.

Daily Dose: Gore on DWP, Hare Krishnas and islands in the lake

The ex-vice Prez gave a shout out to L.A. today. Al Gore said he's in favor of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan for a carbon reduction surcharge on LADWP customers.

Initaitive to legalize marijuana makes November ballot

A measure that would legalize and tax marijuana has qualified for the November ballot.

Daily Dose: Teacher layoffs, De Leon station, Yosemite quarters and Octomom eviction

March 24, 2010 -- Teacher layoffs is never a fun topic, but today, KPCC listeners hit it head on with L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines on Patt Morrison's show. Cortines says the district is continuing budget negotiations with its teacher's union and administrators.

Daily Dose: Swift water rescue, Standard Hotel pool, Energy Star and breastfeeding

March 23, 2010 -- Earlier this year, when it seemed like it was raining every day, there were a number of times when L.A.'s swift water rescue team had to dive in and help out Angelenos stranded in the water.