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

Reading by Moonlight: 'Valley Fever,' Lummis Day and more

Look up in the sky tonight and you will notice it's a full moon, which means it's time for David Kipen to come on to talk about the latest in literary news.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Ola Fresca, Monoswezi and Bomba Estéreo

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week music journalist Steve Hochman joins Alex Cohen in the studio to talk about his picks.

How Hollywood is embracing virtual reality

Tech companies around the world are building their own virtual reality devices to cash in on entertainment's latest trend, but how will Hollywood use the tech?

Richard Prince Instagram selfies ignite fair use debate

Jack Lerner and Selena Mooney, aka Missy Suicide, explain the impacts of Richard Prince's move to make other people's Instagram selfies into art.

Lab Notes: When bad science goes big

What happens when bad studies make their way through the peer reviewed process and become accepted as truth by the general public?

Impatient: where a state bill mandating vaccinations stands now

A bill that would require all school-aged kids to be vaccinated passed the state Senate earlier this month. The Assembly is expected to take up SB 277 early this summer.

High school's dress code raises questions about shaming

Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, has rules about what students can wear. But one junior says the rules go too far and are improperly enforced.

Soldadera: art show in East LA explores women of the Mexican Revolution

Artist Nao Bustamente's new show uses video, archival photos to explore the overlooked role of women in the Mexican Revolution.

For some moms, 'mama' is more than a just a name

But as writer Elissa Strauss prepared to enter motherhood, she noticed a trend among some mom bloggers: They chose to be called 'mama.'

At Silicon Valley's first-ever 'Fashion Week?' drones own the runway

The Silicon Valley is holding its first-ever Fashion Week? (question mark intended). The three-day event is complete with drones flying down the catwalk.

Using electronic records to lower healthcare costs

What does it take to encourage doctors to stop picking unnecessary treatments and for patients to start inquiring about what's being prescribed?

How do Morrissey's songs sound in Spanish? Pretty great

Mexicans love Morrissey. So much so that a group of Mexican artists have come together to pay tribute to the Smiths and their front man, Morrissey.

Bill Graham's life on display at the Skirball

From Nazi Germany to rock impresario. The life of concert promoter Bill Graham on display at the Skirball museum.

Get up and dance! The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is back

'Whenever I am feeling particularly sluggish, there is one musician I turn to... to get me up and going. He has never let me down.' Who's Alex Cohen talking about?

2 moms on raising black sons in Baltimore

The viral video of a mother giving her son a smack down after seeing her son throwing objects at police officers is one of the more stirring images from the Baltimore riots.