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

Early analysis: The Senate health care bill and California

Take Two got an early look at what's in the bill with KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust.

From toilet to tap: Would you drink recycled wastewater?

The OC Water District is on a mission to change the public's mind about recycled wastewater one bottle at a time. Here's how it tastes.

Why SoCal heat makes air pollution more dangerous

On a hot day, smog can inflame and damage cells in the lining of the lungs.

The '70s tale of Coronado's swimming teen weed smugglers

The shark-infested waters between Coronado and Mexico make for a treacherous swim. But to a few young men, the risk was more than worth the reward.

SOA: Trump backs off DACA, CA's new budget, Rohrabacher's newest challenger

Take Two's weekly peek at California politics.

3 ways to be an ally to women in the workplace

This week's exchange between AG Jeff Sessions and Senator Kamala Harris is just another reminder of how gender dynamics play out in the workplace, one expert says.

'It tears your heart out.' Rep. Linda Sanchez on shootings

Congresswoman Sanchez was at a practice some miles away this morning. She says she was out on the field doing drills when she got the news.

State of Affairs: Sen. Harris stands out in Comey hearing, Gov. Brown's new climate legacy

California's profile on a domestic and international stage might have gotten two significant boosts this week.

Why do black boys perform lower in reading?

Data crunched by Cal Matters from the Department of Education revealed that 75 percent failed to meet state reading standards.

Gov. Brown strengthens CA climate partnerships in China

The US may have pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, but Brown made it clear that California remains committed to lowering emissions.

State of Affairs: California steps up to lead the fight against climate change

Lawmaker response to the Paris Accord pullout was swift, signaling that California will remain at odds with the Trump agenda.

This company is helping California conservatives move... to Texas

Former congressional candidate Paul Chabot launched the company after losing his Inland Empire race in November. His slogan: "Helping families move right."

Paris climate accord: 3 ways California could step in if US withdraws

Without the U.S. taking the lead, California might be uniquely positioned to become the flag bearer in the fight against climate change.

State of Affairs: Dems target 2 more CA GOP Reps. in 2018

Also: Gov. Jerry Brown is striking a softer tone on Trump. The reason? You might call it divine intervention.

Faces of fallen troops featured in new Pasadena statue

Look closely, and you'll see the facial features of 11 local service members, immortalized in a single bronze figure. The name tag reads "Pasadena."