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

Pentagon ordered to stop taking back National Guard signing bonuses

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to stop its efforts to collect repayment from members of the California National Guard who had received enlistment bonuses for signing during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Big wave feminism: Women will compete in Mavericks surf contest

Women have been breaking through all kinds of glass ceilings this year. This one is in the ocean.

​ People called me 'monkey': Journalists covering the campaign face insults, threats

Political correspondents share the pros and cons of reporting on one of the most contentious presidential races in recent memory.

Should parents post about their kids online?

A law professor and a pediatrician caution that sharing information about your kids online can have unintended consequences.

CA Secretary of State Padilla on voter registration deadline

Monday marks a VERY important deadline in California, it's the last day to registered to vote on November 8. CA's Secretary of State, Alex Padilla joins us for more.

Remembering Tom Hayden's impact on American politics

He was one of the "Chicago Seven," a group of protestors charged for allegedly inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

News organizations haven't done enough to protect against cyber attacks, Politico report says

Take Two's examine what a cyber attack on election night could look like and the potential fallout it could cause with Politico's Darren Samuelsohn.

The final presidential debate: SoCal reacts

Nearly 600 students and staff gathered at USC's Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet on stage for a final time. Take Two was there.

Great ShakeOut Challenge: Make a tasty meal with earthquake kit ingredients

Most earthquake kit edibles are not exactly gourmet, but could they be? Two LA chefs share their gourmet takes on disaster preparedness.

People tend to like the media until they hear something that they don't agree with

We all have biases; it's the job of each journalist to report around them, The Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins says.

How fathers talk with their sons about sexism and 'boy talk'

This election has sparked all sorts of conversations between parents and kids-- about politics, about democracy, but also about sexism.

Head of policing association apologizes for history of racial abuse

Terrence M. Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said the history of policing has had dark periods, including times when law enforcement officers “have been the face of oppression for too many of our fellow citizens.” Take Two hosts a roundtable discussion to hear reactions.

What Oaxacan and Ethiopian cuisine have to do with being an American

Ethiopian chef Genet Agonafer and Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez explain how the food they make shapes what it means to them to be an American.

Photographer Rafael Cardenas documents a changing LA

A new book and exhibition capture the vivid imagery of a changing Los Angeles.

Hillary Clinton's recent tax proposal could lift some Angelenos out of poverty

Clinton's tax plan unveiled Tuesday shines new light on the child tax credit, lowering the earning threshold for eligibility.