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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. 


LIsten to this: A surprising story about homelessness in LA and SoCal

Homeless Families - Tandra Dixon -

Maya Sugarman/KPCC

Tandra Dixon's two-year-old son, J.J., looks out the front door of their South Los Angeles home on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2016. In November, Dixon and her five children moved into this two-bedroom apartment.

Take a little time this weekend, put on your headphones and come with our KPCC team to understand better why so many parents with jobs, kids in school and families have become homeless in recent years.

You can listen directly or download the powerful 24-minute audio story, and explore the in-depth web story and its links on how to get involved. Find it all here: Broke: Why More California Families Are Becoming Homeless.

This isn't the story many of us think we know.  The numbers of homeless families have risen rapidly even amid the economic recovery.

Their story exists alongside the better-known narrative of chronically homeless and the complications of drug addiction or alcoholism. It's about the lives of children, the fragility of families in poverty and the hammer blow that skyrocketing rents have dealt to low-income people in Southern California. There are reasons that existing public assistance isn't making up gaps, and a growing discussion on how government, nonprofit agencies and the private sector — and, especially, communities — should respond. 


Westsiders: Tune in to 89.3 KPCC for less static, more news

The area that KPCC's new Westside transmitter covers.

If you live or drive west of the 405 in Los Angeles, you've no doubt run into static or other stations interfering when you tune in to 89.3 KPCC. Relief is here.

In early November, we completed a project to improve coverage on the Westside. Listeners in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle, Brentwood and neighboring communities should notice a stronger signal with less static and  interference from other stations.
The project began more than a year ago and involved some state-of-the-art engineering, with help from NPR Labs.

"The hope is that we can apply the advances we learned on the Westside to help create an even better listening experience for members in other parts of Los Angeles," said Doug Johnson, Vice President of Operations at KPCC/Southern California Public Radio. 


KPCC's Voter Game Plan: Enjoy the ride this election season

Voter Game Plan lead

Maya Sugarman and Katie Briggs/ KPCC

KPCC's Voter Game Plan campaign for election coverage that comes with an attitude and perspective: We don’t just want to put out stories, we want to prepare you to vote.

As I started writing this election post I thought of the opening scene from the Woody Allen movie Stardust Memories: his character sits glumly on a train car full of dour, silent passengers and gazes across the tracks longingly at another car full of people laughing and partying.

Friends, step away from the voiceless loners and board KPCC’s fun car for this election. We’ll be serving up sustenance and entertainment on the air, online and at election In Person events each week between now and Nov. 8.

Our KPCC campaign is called the Voter Game Plan (#votergameplan on social media). It’s an umbrella for election coverage that comes with an attitude and perspective: We don’t just want to put out stories, we want to prepare you to vote.

Voting is personally rewarding and socially meaningful — and, yes, it’s a constitutional right that women, African-Americans and others in our history have had to fight to exercise.


KPCC Member Profile: Larry and Janice Hoffman

Larry and Janice Hoffman

Larry and Janice Hoffmann

Larry and Janice Hoffmann and their personalized KPCC license plates

Larry and Janice Hoffmann have been members of KPCC since 2002. Over the years they have become increasingly involved, joining the President’s Circle, supporting the capital campaign for the Mohn Broadcast Center, recording a testimonial, and joining the Legacy Society. When they bought a new car, Larry came up with the idea of getting a vanity license plate with KPCC893.

Here is a brief interview with Janice on her thoughts about KPCC and their license plates:

Has anyone stopped you, honked, or asked about your KPCC893 plates? 

We have had no honking, but the employees at Long Beach BMW asked me if I worked there and I quipped, “No, but I wish I did.”  Another time my car was parked and I came out to find two guys looking at the plate and talking about it.

What’s your most memorable driveway moment?