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

GD-IQ: Software that breaks down representation in media

The Geena Davis institute has partnered with USC and Google to create a software that could give movies and television a "diversity score."

Former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould 'makes sense' of life as an aging icon

Mould headlines at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend alongside Ezra Klein and BLOC PARTY.

A tale of 2 Californias: Hmong farmers flounder, Silicon Beach flourishes

Years of drought threaten the livelihood of Fresno's Hmong Farmers, while developers in Silicon Beach are riding high. Take Two delves into Dickensian dynamic.

The new show 'Speechless' strikes a chord with parents of kids with disabilities

The new ABC sitcom 'Speechless' offered a rare opportunity for a TV critic (and dad) to see a family like his reflected on the small screen.

Google's efforts to combat online harassment with 'machine learning'

Social media can be a pretty terrifying place these days. 

Do big charitable donations to education always get an A+?

Wealthy benefactor like Mark Zuckerberg make headlines for their charitable contributions to public education but some wonder what kinds of complications could also arise?

Rep. Xavier Becerra: why the nation needs a National Museum of the American Latino

CA Congressman Xavier Becerra wants to build a National Museum for the American Latino. Rep Becerra joined Take Two to talk about the national effort.

Pamela Adlon on 'Better Things' and how parents can deal with 'hate eye'

The new FX show "Better Things" stars LA-based actress Pamela Adlon, who's a single mom to three daughters. It's based on Adlon's real life, with some added embellishment.

Big changes ahead for how California assesses school performance

This week, California will begin rolling out a new school accountability system that will drastically change the way schools and districts are evaluated.

Celebrities, lies and a literary 'hoax': The JT Leroy story

"Author: The JT Leroy story" follows the journey of the young talented writer, who shot to fame but then came crashing down when his true identity was revealed.

How parents deal with a newly empty nest

Parents all across the country are dealing with a new reality: the empty nest. It's a time of transition that can be tough, but also a welcome change too.

What is the 'millennial whoop' and why is it taking over pop music?

It's that "wa-oh-wa-oh" line that if you haven't noticed before, you will now. And no, millennials aren't totally to blame for it.

Heading up the California Coast? Check out AP's guide to nerd nirvana in Silicon Valley

It's Labor Day weekend. If you are heading out on a road trip, you might want to take some photographs of your trips - a couple of selfies to post on that Instagram feed of yours.

One ex-Trump advisor didn't want to be a 'hispanic prop'

Houston attorney Jacob Monty was a part of Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council. But after the GOP candidate's speech in Arizona, he decided to resign.

Can a Virtual Reality experience change how we make decisions?

Virtual Reality devices like Samsung’s Gear VR can be an entertaining novelty, but could what we experience virtually effect us on a deeper level?