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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

Original Beach Boys 'Smile' album released

Capitol Records will release the Beach Boys "The Smile Sessions" Tuesday, after the original album "Smile" was tabled nearly 45 years ago.

As biodiesel prices soar, Calif. cracks down on kitchen grease thieves

One man's trash is another man's biofuel, which is why state agriculture officials are launching a program to crack down on restaurant grease thieves. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Thursday that it's contracting with police to target areas where restaurants leave used kitchen grease out to be picked up by rendering facilities.

USC computer scientist helps crack centuries-old code

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel, but this story is no fiction. A USC computer scientist has helped crack the code in a late 18th century manuscript known as the "Copiale Cypher."

Rare California films see light in new DVD box set

A new DVD box set featuring never-before-seen films of California and the Western United States hit the shelves Tuesday. The DVD box set by the National Film Preservation Foundation captures the Western United States as moviegoers saw it in the early part of the last century.

FBI probes civil rights abuse in LA County jails

Sheriff Lee Baca shot back Monday at the tactics the FBI is using to probe allegations of civil rights abuses in Los Angeles County jails.

Rancho Cucamonga seniors compete in Wii bowling championship

Some local seniors are competing in a national bowling championship Friday morning, but they won’t have to go to a bowling alley or use real bowling balls. They’ll play virtually on a Nintendo Wii game system.

Long Beach firefighter receives 'Medal of Valor' award

Gov. Jerry Brown presented the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to 13 law enforcement officers and firefighters on Tuesday. One of the recipients was Long Beach firefighter Charles Hakopian, who rescued a toddler from a burning building.

Indie rock band Foster the People welcomes community volunteers on tour

A Los Angeles-based volunteer organization is taking its show on the road with a well-known indie rock band in an attempt to "do good" across the country. The "Do Good Bus" is a program that brings volunteers to service projects across the Southern California region.

Caltech contest challenges students to prepare asteroid mission

Nearly three dozen students from Caltech and around the world are competing this week in the "Caltech Space Challenge." The goal: design a mission to send astronauts to a near-Earth asteroid and return with a sample.

LA City Council President Garcetti announces run for mayor

Democratic Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti’s announcement that he’s running for mayor came as no surprise. The fourth generation Angeleno filed candidacy papers Thursday morning.

Long-missing Hollywood Walk of Fame star returns to its orbit

A 300-pound chunk of stolen property has been orbited back to its rightful owner – the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

'Yuri's Night' celebrates anniversary of first man in space

Fifty years ago this week, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to travel into space. People around the world will mark that anniversary with a celebration called "Yuri's Night."

Journalist, civil rights activist Almena Lomax dies at 95

Civil rights activist and noted black journalist Almena Lomax has died. She was 95 years old. Lomax was the founder of the Los Angeles Tribune, a weekly newspaper that chronicled black LA. It was published for nearly for two decades, beginning in 1941.

Elderly Santa Anita Park employee saves girl's life

A 90-year-old race track worker at Santa Anita Park put his own body on the line and pushed a 6-year-old girl out of the path of a runaway horse. KPCC's Alex Cohen spoke with Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke, who wrote about this heroic story.

LA County Fire Department team join search and rescue efforts in Japan

L.A. County Fire Battalion Chief David Stone is a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team, one of two U.S. teams that are trained and authorized to help in rescue missions abroad. The team arrived in Japan on March 13. He spoke with KPCC’s Alex Cohen about the devastation he’s seen so far.