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

‘Hamilton’s’ Leslie Odom Jr. thinks Hollywood’s diversity efforts are paying off

The Tony-winning performer says Hollywood is doing better when it comes to casting actors of color, "but the real boon is when it's not just window dressing."

Fake bodies, real ink at Natural History Museum's tattoo exhibit

A new exhibit delves into the 5,000-year history of tattoo and features more than 125 images and objects, from historical artifacts to contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models.

Why you shouldn’t ask LA’s new pot czar if she smokes

Cat Packer is tasked with figuring out what recreational marijuana will mean for L.A. when it becomes legal next year. But don't ask her if she smokes — it's rude.

Kathryn Hahn on harassment and desire in Hollywood

The actress stars in "A Bad Mom's Christmas" as Carla, a lascivious single mom with a penchant for partying.

The woman who brought the Dodgers to LA celebrates the World Series

Roz Wyman was only 23 when she ran for City Council with an audacious promise to bring a major sports team to the city. Here's how she did it.

Street artist Shepard Fairey's new solo show 'Damaged'

He has been making controversial work since he was an art student. Now, he's the subject of a documentary and has a major solo show debuting in downtown L.A.

Can Metro's innovation guru transport LA into the future?

With LA hosting the 2028 Olympics, Joshua Schank has to figure out how to move all those extra people around this massive city.

Filmmaker Angela Robinson lassoes the other Wonder Woman movie

The director of "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women" opens up about the strange, fascinating life of the superhero's creator — and about sexism in Hollywood.

New film about Watergate and Deep Throat resonates in 2017

Journalist turned filmmaker Peter Landesman talks about why he felt it was so important to make a film about the man known as Deep Throat.

New documentary examines tension between police, public

A new film called "The Force" looks at the clashes between the police and the public from multiple angles.

Up close and personal with California's wildfires

A new Netflix series looks at the lives and works of inmate firefighters.

Dolores Huerta gets personal, political in doc about her life

Labor organizer Dolores Huerta has spent decades fighting for social justice—and has no regrets about the sacrifices she's made.

Composer Paul Williams talks addiction, music and Muppets

This weekend, legendary composer Paul Williams joins the Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl for a series of concerts.

Giving TV writers more parental leave could help Hollywood's diversity problem

Under a new contract, TV writers now get eight weeks of unpaid leave for new parents — but the demands of Hollywood still make work-life balance a struggle.

An Italian immigrant tells her coming-of-age story in LA

In the early 1990s, Chiara Barzini's family left their comfy life in Rome and moved to Van Nuys. The experience was one of extreme culture shock.