Austin Cross

Host, All Things Considered and the podcast, Consider This

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Austin Cross is the host of the early edition of All Things Considered and the podcast, Consider This.

As a toddler, Austin was placed in front of a mic by his father to deliver mock newscasts. He was a natural and has been honing his broadcast journalism skills for the last decade.

As a business producer for CBS Radio station KNX in the early 2010s, he and his hosts helped guide Southern California through an unprecedented financial crisis. His writing and production won him the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Golden Microphone Award for “Best Business and Consumer News Reporting in 2012.

Before arriving at KPCC in 2014, Austin worked at Marketplace, producing stories for the daily program and Marketplace Weekend.

He joined KPCC first as an associate producer for Take Two in 2014.

Over the next six years, Austin created a niche for himself, tackling two of the most challenging conversations over the last five years: race and politics.

Austin produced a series of segments aimed at making the news personal: his Children Crossing series amplified the stories of immigrants brought to America at a young age.

To encourage listeners in the early days of the pandemic, his series Positivity Amid Pandemic featured words of encouragement from members of the Southern California community.

His reporting on the U.S. Census unearthed a report linking the Japanese Internment to the Census Bureau.

Austin’s reporting has been heard on NPR and KQED’s statewide program, California Report. His essays about race have been prominently featured as part of LAist’s “Race in LA” series.

When he’s not on the job, Austin enjoys writing music, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Natalie.

Stories by Austin Cross

The Census Bureau Helped Make The Japanese American Internment Possible

The bureau director was one of the biggest champions for the use of the 1940 data. Today, the laws prohibiting such use of the data are much stronger.

CA black churchgoers helped ban gay marriage. What's changed?

The ban was overturned and marriage equality is now law of the land, but in some black communities, acceptance has been slow-going.

Your polling place may go away with LA County's 2020 changes

For starters, the number of polling places will be cut by about 75 percent and voters will have more days to cast ballots at voting centers.

Trump tax plan looms in north LA congressional race

Voters in the 25th Congressional District are passionate about several issues, but analysts say that one in particular could hit residents in the wallet.

From Delta blues to SoCal surf: These songs will make you move and feel

Artists Ry Cooder, La Luz and TT make for an eclectic edition of Tuesday Reviewsday.

Slights and fights: Recapping the gubernatorial debate

Four Democrats, two Republicans, one riveting debate.

Kick out the summer jams, SoCal

Artists Aloe Blacc and Patrick Paige II are out with some new tunes just in time for the summer sun.

CA GOP head Brulte unfazed by endorsement fail

It's an outcome that many feared: Republican delegates did not endorse a candidate for the California governor's race at the party convention Sunday.

This LA bike tour serves up Boyle Heights history — and tacos

The tour is trying to change the way you see Los Angeles and communities around you through local history, bicycles and that beloved Mexican cuisine.

Why Central American asylum seekers face very long odds

Many will enter; few get in. The asylum-seeking process can take months, and often ends in disappointment. Here's why.

Republicans hope a gas tax repeal will drive voters to the polls

California politics can be intense. Our experts break down what happened this week so you can stay up to date without the headache.

'Caravan' of migrants from Central America prepares to enter the US

While not all of the migrants will try to enter the United States, one reporter says at least 200 plan to seek asylum Sunday. They face long odds.

What DACA decision means for students today and Democrats tomorrow

Final word on DACA will determine for many local students if they can attend school in the fall. It may also influence how Democrats do in the next election.

Could some sweet Steyer cash give Kevin de León a much-needed boost?

Steyer will have to break off a fat stack if de Leon hopes to compete with Sen. Dianne Feinstein's $10 million war chest.

Sensuous soul with an edge? Look no further...

Every week, Take Two gets in the groove with the latest cuts from some of the most soulful singers in the Southland and beyond.