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

LA pop artist COOP has new exhibit of his paintings in Culver City

Chris Cooper, a.k.a. COOP, has done posters for some of rock music's greatest legends, including Nirvana, The Sex Pistols, and Green Day. The L.A.-based pop artist is known for his rockabilly style. His work is filled with voluptuous vixens, hot rod cars, and devils – lots of devils. COOP's version of Satan is a wide-eyed one, often seen smoking a cigar. Alex Cohen recently caught up with him and asked how the devil thing got started. "A friend of mine was starting a company to sell Zippo Lighters with different artists' art work on them and he asked me to be one of the first artists, and he suggested that I draw a devil for it. I did this image, and I did it very quickly — probably in thirty minutes or less – and I didn’t even bother to make a copy of it; I just mailed off the original art to him, and didn’t think about it. Actually, the original art ended up being lost for several years. Until somebody at Zippo found it in their files and mailed it back to me.” Starting tonight, a new collections of COOP’s paintings are on display at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. That’s where COOP described a colorful piece called "THIRTEEN DEVIL." It’s a fair bit different than his usual demon.

Anti- war protesters gather to voice their concerns to the president.

President Barack Obama is holding a fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton Hotels today. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Patricia Nazario as she joins us from outside the hotel as some anti-war protesters have assembled in front of the hotel.

President fundraises in the Southland as protestors voice their views

President Barack Obama is in Southern California for a fundraiser. Alex Cohen talks to KPCC reporter Patricia Nazario as she joins us from outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel where Mr. Obama is holding that fundraiser, and various group activists, including opponents of Proposition 8, rally in front of the hotel.

Closing California's deficit with sin taxes

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Marc Haefele, Dean of the City Hall Reporters about how to close California's deficit by raising some sin taxes.

Rabbi Eger new president of Southern California rabbi board

KPCC's Alex Cohen chats with Rabbi Denise Eger head of the Kol Amie Congregation is West Hollywood about her new job as president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California.

Councilwoman Hahn talks about LA Marathon

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Councilwoman Janice Hahn on this year's L.A. Marathon.

Musician/songwriter Dave Alvin talks about 1920s mystery song

KPCC's Alex Cohen talks to Dave Alvin, musician and songwriter, on the solved mystery of a So Cal poet and explorer gone missing in the 1920s and the song dedicated to his disappearance.

Maywood police officials react to attorney general's scathing report

Alex Cohen talks to KPCC's Frank Stoltze on Maywood officials' reaction to the release of California Attorney General Jerry Brown's scathing report on the Maywood Police Department.