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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

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.

Legislature passes budget package; Governor threatens veto

The State Senate today approved a package of bills designed to help close the state's budget deficit. The Assembly approved the bills last night. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with State Capitol reporter Julie Small about the package and why the governor is threatening to veto it.

Auction house owner says Michael Jackson was 'eccentric,' 'eclectic' collector

Julien's Auctions of West Hollywood was closely involved with a massive auction of Michael Jackson memorabilia that was scheduled to take place in April. That auction was canceled. But the company did go forward on Friday with another auction that included some Michael Jackson memorabilia. Darren Julien, the owner of Julien's Auctions, spoke with KPCC's Alex Cohen about Jackson and his feelings about auctioning off Jackson memorabilia at this time.

Charles Phoenix's retro slideshow tour

This week, the Eastman Kodak Company announced it would be discontinuing its iconic Kodachrome film. It's sad news for fans of the legendary color film. But you can celebrate the days when folks took pictures with film instead of with pixels this weekend at Charles Phoenix's Retro Slide Show Tour of California at the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona. Host Charles Phoenix talks with KPCC's Alex Cohen about the show.

Pop star Michael Jackson dies at 50

KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with NPR's Carrie Kahn about the latest on the death of Michael Jackson.

UCLA arts dean says Jackson's influence on music industry spread wide

KPCC's Alex Cohen talked with Christopher Waterman, Dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, about the influence Michael Jackson had on the music industry.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House for sale

If you are looking to get into the Southern California housing market and you have about $15 million to invest, you might want to consider Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House. The property, built in 1924, is now up for sale. The seller is a non-profit organization called the Ennis House Foundation. President James Demeo discussed the sale of the Los Feliz hilltop home with KPCC’s Alex Cohen.

Writer John August writes short story 'The Variant' with help from Twitter

This weekend is Father’s Day and among those who will be celebrating is Los Angeles writer and dad John August. August wrote the films Go and Charlie’s Angels and he blogs about writing on his Web site, He recently wrote a short story called "The Variant." And as he tells KPCC's Alex Cohen, he got a lot of help from his fans on Twitter.