Alex Cohen Host, Morning Edition

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Alex Cohen is the local host of "Morning Edition", NPR's most popular show. Prior to that, she was co-host of KPCC's "Take Two" and "All Things Considered."

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 several journalism 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

Roxane Gay explores the complicated lives of 'difficult' women

Compact little anecdotes become lengthy novels of their own in Roxane Gay's new book Difficult Women.

UC hires first system-wide Title IX coordinator

Title IX is the federal prohibition against gender discrimination in education.

Do you even news? Assembly Bill seeks to teach kids to spot fake news

Inspired by a study that revealed the dubious discernment skills of the nation's youth, AB 155 would make media literacy part of the curriculum.

About that Donald Trump press conference: An analysis

The President-elect outlined how he plans to limit conflicts of interest; he also shouted down CNN's Jim Acosta and called Buzzfeed "garbage."

Why moms of middle schoolers have it the hardest

A recent study finds that the hardest time for mothers isn't when they're new moms, but later, when their kids are in middle school.

Pot meet kettle: US-Russia election tampering nothing new

Two wrongs don't make a right, but US interference in past Russian elections precludes the US from claiming the moral high ground, argues USC's Robert English.

How eating a Jack in the Box taco is an exercise in individual rights

On the menu since the 1950s, and described by fans as both "vile" and "amazing," what do Jack in the Box tacos say about us and the way we eat?

1st big case for DA's wrongful conviction unit

The same prosecutors that got Raymond Lee Jennings convicted in 2009 have submitted a request this week to overturn the ruling based on newly discovered evidence.

State budget preview, a look ahead to Inauguration Day, and 2018 fundraising

On this week's State of Affairs, who will be traveling to the inauguration from California, how much money has been raised in the upcoming race for Governor, and some big changes in voting laws.

3 things humble leaders do that make them more effective

Head to the website and you'll find all sorts of words users have submitted to define our president-elect.

Conservative Congress could make things difficult for California

House Republicans delivered a first-day flip, scrapping their decision to kill the ethics panel. But more fights are ahead, especially for California lawmakers.

LA in the '70s: More than just disco and dystopia

A collection of stories about the sprawling and complicated fabric of a LA in the 1970's often forgotten and mostly overlooked.

What should you do about your taxes before 2017?

The new year is fast approaching and you know what that means— time for parties, resolutions, and, if you're smart, a little thinking about your taxes too.

New Calif. laws, political news to watch for in 2017

On this week's State of Affairs, a look back at the big year in politics that was 2016 and a look ahead to the stories and people to watch out for in 2017.

Why teens want their parents to be like potted plants

Trying to spend quality time with a teenager can sometimes feel like a futile exercise. But take heart, even if they don't show it, teens really do want you around.