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

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.

Voting changes for the Oscar's Best Picture category

Today is the deadline for members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to turn in their Oscar ballots. But this year, things will be a bit different when it comes to the Best Picture category.

Daily Dose: March 2, 2010

The big news of the day is bad news for nearly 5,200 employees of the Los Angeles Unified School District. They may not be employees much longer.

Daily Dose: Monday, March 1st

Today's a big day for John Perez. The freshman assemblyman from Los Angeles was sworn in as California's new Assembly speaker. Here's what you need to know about him:

Kyle Gass' Trainwreck a '5-headed Hydra' of rock

The music of Trainwreck has been described as "a cornucopia of rock and a five-headed Hydra of pleasure." Though they've been together for years, they've just released their official debut album and on February 27 they take to the stage at Dipiazza's in Long Beach.

Kyle Gass' Trainwreck

I'm a big fan of guys who can rock AND crack me up at the same time. Which is why I've always been a fan of Kyle Gass. You may know him as the more balding half of the duo Tenacious D (also featuring Jack Black).

Pledge NOW and win a pair of LA Derby Doll VIP Tickets

So gang... it's go time. Here's the skinny: back when we were gearing up for pledge time, a certain host made a comment about how he and his buddy were the Masters of the Pledge (not to be confused with Masters of the Dance, but close).

Maiden Post

Hi Welcome to my new KPCC blog. For me, blogs are a lot like plants. I love looking at them... I adore their variety. But I'm TERRIBLE at keeping them. I always start off with the best of intentions and lots of water.