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

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.

Report examines how black, Latino boys define success

A study from UCLA's Black Male Institute highlights the need to reexamine how student success is measured in marginalized communities.

A SoCal vet on feds halting Dakota pipeline: 'It was a profound moment'

"We still feel a need to stand up, play our part and make a stand," said SoCal veteran Anderson Gould, who made the trip to North Dakota to join protests.

Gloria Steinem: Don't 'look up' for post-election hope

When it comes to moving forward after the election, Gloria Steinem says, "to agonize and think only about the future is to give up a chance to influence the future by what you're doing right now."

'Always Shine' explores the darker side of female friendship

"I think women feel a lot of never have any negative emotions whatsoever, but I think the most important thing is to talk about these feelings..."

A SoCal art exhibit presents Syria in a different light

A cultural exhibition featuring Syrian art, traditional clothing, musical instruments, and handicrafts aims to expand visitors' understanding of the country and its people.

Crisis counselor recalls trauma of San Bernardino attack

Angelika Robinson is used to helping first responders deal with the critical incidents. But experiencing the San Bernardino attack in person brought new challenges.

How parents and kids 'grow each other up'

Parents teach their kids and help them grow, but kids have a lot to teach their parents too. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explains how in "Growing Each Other Up."

Breaking bread, butting heads: Politics could make Thanksgiving dinner hard to swallow

One KPCC listener has been dreading political conversations with her family, so Take Two brought in a psychologist to talk her through it.

Déjà vu: Donald Trump's Nixonian relationship with the press

One presidential scholar says the President-elect's relationship with the media is reminiscent of another Republican head of state.

Why more teens are depressed and what can be done about it

A recent report published in the journal Pediatrics finds that teen depression is increasing, and many depressed teens aren't getting treatment.

House Democrats consider new Minority Leader after bruising election

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2011, but party losses earlier this month have led some lawmakers to look for a replacement.

'Asperger's Are Us': Comedy on the autism spectrum

The new documentary "Asperger's Are Us" follows four young, comic comrades around Boston as they get ready for what could be their final show.

Mikhail Baryshnikov descends into a dark place in 'Letter to a Man'

"Letter to a Man" is the one-man show starring Mikhail Baryshnikov based on the memoir of another famous Russian dancer who struggled with schizophrenia.

Social media continues to shape the world in troubling new ways

One journalist makes the case that some networks are "helping to fundamentally rewire human society."