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

State budget preview, a look ahead to Inauguration Day, and 2018 fundraising

On this week's State of Affairs, who will be traveling to the inauguration from California, how much money has been raised in the upcoming race for Governor, and some big changes in voting laws.

3 things humble leaders do that make them more effective

Head to the website and you'll find all sorts of words users have submitted to define our president-elect.

Conservative Congress could make things difficult for California

House Republicans delivered a first-day flip, scrapping their decision to kill the ethics panel. But more fights are ahead, especially for California lawmakers.

LA in the '70s: More than just disco and dystopia

A collection of stories about the sprawling and complicated fabric of a LA in the 1970's often forgotten and mostly overlooked.

What should you do about your taxes before 2017?

The new year is fast approaching and you know what that means— time for parties, resolutions, and, if you're smart, a little thinking about your taxes too.

New Calif. laws, political news to watch for in 2017

On this week's State of Affairs, a look back at the big year in politics that was 2016 and a look ahead to the stories and people to watch out for in 2017.

Why teens want their parents to be like potted plants

Trying to spend quality time with a teenager can sometimes feel like a futile exercise. But take heart, even if they don't show it, teens really do want you around.

Why we have the Electoral College and how it works in CA

How did the process of the electoral vote get started in the first place? And is it just an arcane system, or a check and balance for democracy?

Sups approve plan to support women and girls in LA County

The LA County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year effort that directs all 37 county departments to watch out for the needs of women and girls in the services it provides, as well as women working with or employed by the county.

How the Park Service has failed to address sexual harassment

This year, the Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday, but celebrations were marred by disturbing charges that the agency failed to keep its own workers safe.

'The Bad Kids' offers lessons in empathy and second chances

Many of the kids at Black Rock High School have been labeled "bad kids." Their principal and teachers are determined to help them succeed.

StoryCorps confession ignites debate over atonement, forgiveness

Nearly 90 years ago, Joseph Linsk stole two dollars intended for his parent's black cleaning lady, Pearl. His story sparked several discussions online.

Did reality TV help Donald Trump win the presidency?

Donald Trump was the king of reality TV. He's also the next leader of the free world. Did the former help make the latter a reality?

Man with the Klan: Daryl Davis' unorthodox approach to racial reconciliation

Davis is a musician, he's black, and he spends much of his free time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. His story is told in a new documentary.

Teaching kids the importance of giving during the holidays

During the holidays, with all the focus on Santa Claus, toy-making elves and presents, the importance of giving can get a little lost in the mix.