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

Why we have the Electoral College and how it works in CA

How did the process of the electoral vote get started in the first place? And is it just an arcane system, or a check and balance for democracy?

Sups approve plan to support women and girls in LA County

The LA County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year effort that directs all 37 county departments to watch out for the needs of women and girls in the services it provides, as well as women working with or employed by the county.

How the Park Service has failed to address sexual harassment

This year, the Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday, but celebrations were marred by disturbing charges that the agency failed to keep its own workers safe.

'The Bad Kids' offers lessons in empathy and second chances

Many of the kids at Black Rock High School have been labeled "bad kids." Their principal and teachers are determined to help them succeed.

StoryCorps confession ignites debate over atonement, forgiveness

Nearly 90 years ago, Joseph Linsk stole two dollars intended for his parent's black cleaning lady, Pearl. His story sparked several discussions online.

Did reality TV help Donald Trump win the presidency?

Donald Trump was the king of reality TV. He's also the next leader of the free world. Did the former help make the latter a reality?

Man with the Klan: Daryl Davis' unorthodox approach to racial reconciliation

Davis is a musician, he's black, and he spends much of his free time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. His story is told in a new documentary.

Teaching kids the importance of giving during the holidays

During the holidays, with all the focus on Santa Claus, toy-making elves and presents, the importance of giving can get a little lost in the mix.

Report examines how black, Latino boys define success

A study from UCLA's Black Male Institute highlights the need to reexamine how student success is measured in marginalized communities.

A SoCal vet on feds halting Dakota pipeline: 'It was a profound moment'

"We still feel a need to stand up, play our part and make a stand," said SoCal veteran Anderson Gould, who made the trip to North Dakota to join protests.

Gloria Steinem: Don't 'look up' for post-election hope

When it comes to moving forward after the election, Gloria Steinem says, "to agonize and think only about the future is to give up a chance to influence the future by what you're doing right now."

'Always Shine' explores the darker side of female friendship

"I think women feel a lot of never have any negative emotions whatsoever, but I think the most important thing is to talk about these feelings..."

A SoCal art exhibit presents Syria in a different light

A cultural exhibition featuring Syrian art, traditional clothing, musical instruments, and handicrafts aims to expand visitors' understanding of the country and its people.

Crisis counselor recalls trauma of San Bernardino attack

Angelika Robinson is used to helping first responders deal with the critical incidents. But experiencing the San Bernardino attack in person brought new challenges.

How parents and kids 'grow each other up'

Parents teach their kids and help them grow, but kids have a lot to teach their parents too. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explains how in "Growing Each Other Up."