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

Mom, daughter share the scars of the LA Riots

Elvira Evers was nine months pregnant when she took a bullet in the abdomen during the 1992 L.A. Riots. As the 25 anniversary of the riots approaches, Elvira and her daughter Jessica, now 25-years-old, reflect on how the riots left a literal mark on their lives.

Fear of unrest rises for 1st time in post-LA riots poll

More than any other demographic, millennials tend to believe that another riot is likely to happen in the next five years — according to a new survey.

SoCal Armenians remember genocide on 102nd anniversary

In modern-day Southern California, the historical events that resulted in the loss of 1.5 million Armenian lives continue to resonate among the community.

For the first time, 'SNL' will be live on the West Coast

The three-hour delay will be eliminated for the first time since the debut of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975, giving Californians the same privilege that East Coast viewers have enjoyed for decades.

Rep. Sherman says he supports missile strike on Syrian airbase

Sherman said he supports Trump's limited action, adding that President Barack Obama accomplished a lot in Syria despite not using military action following a similar use of chemical weapons.

Googie World Expo highlights LA's space-age architecture

From coffeeshops to gas stations, LA's Googie relics will be the stars -- and the settting -- for this weekend's Googie World Expo.

Dax Shepard discusses inspirations for CHiPS feature film

His take on CHiPS is more than just pretty women and freeway pile-ups. He also delved into the delicate dynamics of male friendship.

ACLU discusses Lee Baca's conviction

Peter Eliasberg at the ACLU of Southern California spoke to KPCC’s Alex Cohen about his work to address abuse in LA County jails.

LA's first lady focuses on local change

Amy Elaine Wakeland has kept busy combating sexual and domestic violence, initiating LA’s drought education campaign and helping the homeless.

LA County registrar talks turnout, post-election fallout

Alex Cohen spoke to Dean Logan, who runs elections in L.A. County, to ask why so few voters showed up at the polls and what can be done to increase turnout in future elections.

'Don't panic' and other advice from the Mexican consul

Trump’s tweets and media coverage of recent, very public raids have provoked a deep sense of paranoia in the Mexican community.

Ava DuVernay: Lack of black women directing is 'devastating'

DuVernay, whose documentary "13th" is up for an Oscar, told KPCC she isn't interested in berating Hollywood studios over the lack of diversity — she's focused on helping women make movies.

Ava DuVernay's latest film '13th' unpacks the 13th amendment

"The systems of oppression have made black people terrified of their own selves is one of the saddest statements in the film."

Mexican import tax could hit Californians right in the avocados

And that's not all. Here's how a suggested import tax on goods from Mexico could impact you, and the produce, cars and electronics you buy.

The Autry offers 'Flavors' from CA's past and present

Ever tried Spanish Goats? Standard Bronze Turkey? Texas Longhorn Cattle? No? Well now, the Autry museum is offering a historical taste tour of CA.