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What are your questions about the ways we get around Southern California?


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In Burbank, a couple ride their bikes along a bike path median built along West Chandler Boulevard. This path is an example of what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering creating along Slauson Avenue in South L.A.

Alex Cohen has a question for you. As she prepares to take over hosting duties for KPCC’s “Morning Edition” on Monday, Feb. 27, she would like to know: What are your questions about the ways you get around Southern California?


Because navigating Southern California – whether by car, train, bike or foot – is something almost all of us do while listening to “Morning Edition.” And by tackling your questions, we will work to make your mornings brighter and more informed. 

Ask away!



How you can shape KPCC reporting

Hyperlapse tour inside KPCC

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A look inside the KPCC newsroom.

If you were in charge of the news, what are the stories you’d assign to reporters? What are the questions you would ask?

Every morning, KPCC editors gather in our Pasadena broadcast center to discuss stories that affect Southern California’s economy, environment, educational systems, etc. Throughout the day, you hear this news on our air and read it on our website.  

But are we covering what matters most to you? 

This week, KPCC launches a brand-new effort to get you more involved in the process of generating story ideas. We want you to help shape KPCC stories – even before they’re assigned. 

Tell us: What do you want to know? What have you always wondered about Southern California and the people who call it home? What’s the issue you want investigated? 

Here’s how the new process works:


VP of Content and Executive Editor Melanie Sill to depart KPCC

Melanie Sill

Melanie Sill KPCC's Vice President of Content.

Melanie Sill, Vice President of Content and Executive Editor, will be leaving Southern California Public Radio at the end of February. She will be making a professional and personal shift: she and her husband plan to move back to North Carolina, where they have deep friendships and community ties.

Sill joined the KPCC team five years ago with the mandate to build SCPR’s newsroom into a national model for public service journalism and civic engagement.

“Melanie has done this...and so much more,” said SCPR President & CEO Bill Davis.

Under Sill’s leadership the organization increased its presence on digital platforms, developed groundbreaking digital tools and became one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse newsrooms in the country.

The team launched not one but two daily broadcast news programs: Take Two and The Frame. She helped lead KPCC’s growth in weekly audience, which reached No. 1 among public radio stations nationally in 2015. Beyond broadcast, SCPR/KPCC delivers news via the on-line, mobile digital, social media, and live event (In Person) platforms.


KPCC celebrates Terry Gross’ move to noon with a Fresh Air-athon

Terry Gross


Terry Gross, host of NPR's "Fresh Air."

KPCC listeners will soon have twice as many chances to hear Terry Gross. Beginning Jan. 30, you can hear “Fresh Air” weekdays at noon in addition to its regular time slot of 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

We’re super excited about this programming change.

To celebrate, we asked Terry and her team to share their favorite shows with us. We’ve packaged them into a “Fresh Air-athon” that will air Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

You’ll hear recent interviews with Oscar-nominated composer Lin Manuel Miranda and classic archival shows, such as Terry’s interview with the late children’s book author Maurice Sendak.

The Fresh Air-athon will preempt our regular programming this weekend. You can still get those shows on iTunes or go to their websites, listed below:


Alex Cohen named 89.3 KPCC's 'Morning Edition' host

Alex Cohen


Veteran journalist and host Alex Cohen will become KPCC's first morning voice as the station sharpens its focus on news; A Martínez will host a new one-hour "Take Two," which will be followed by "AirTalk" and "Fresh Air."

Veteran journalist and award-winning public radio news host Alex Cohen will become 89.3 KPCC's voice of "Morning Edition" beginning Feb. 27. 

Cohen is well known to KPCC listeners, having served as co-host of the station's award-winning morning news magazine, "Take Two," for the past four years. A native Angeleno, she first joined the station as host of "All Things Considered" after working as a host and reporter for NPR and the former national program "Day to Day." Before that she worked for KQED.

Cohen will host from the Steve Julian Studio, named for the much-loved KPCC host who passed away in April after 15 years as local "Morning Edition" anchor. She will join NPR's new "Morning Edition" host lineup of David Greene in Culver City and Rachel Martin and Steve Inskeep in Washington, D.C.