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

Families fleeing violence in Central America could be separated under Trump

The threat of separation is unlikely to deter those escaping life-threatening conditions, an L.A. immigration attorney says.

Local goats thrilled with post-rain bounty

This year has gotten off to a wet start, and that means high times for landscaper George Gonzales and his herd of brush-eating Boer goats.

Calif. Attorney General Becerra talks Trump, Constitution

The new attorney general is hopeful about the relationship between the Trump administration and the Golden State — but he's also prepared to defend state interests.

State of Affairs: CA reps respond to Sessions snafu, Rohrabacher forges strange alliances

Two words, one big story this week. Those words? Jeff Sessions.

Prop or not? Why presidents single people out

Sometimes a face can help their case.

Immigration action looms large for Catholics this Lenten season

The L.A. Archdiocese is one of the largest in the nation; many parishioners are undocumented. What does the faith require of the faithful in this time of tension?

A handful of Silicon Valley programmers are curating your internet experience

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Internet codes often reflect the biases of their creators. But one man wants to give you more control over what you see.

California GOP hopeful they can bring ‘balance’ to California politics

Despite long odds, some in the party see a glimmer of hope headed into the 2018 midterm election and beyond.

America's moral core took down Yiannopoulos

The US has a long history of standing up to views deemed reprehensible by a moral majority. What fueled the bipartisan backlash that took Milo Yiannopoulos down?

A tea party 'playbook' could be helping Trump opponents turn the tables

Activists in San Diego are trying out some familiar tactics to get their voices heard by Republican lawmakers.

Trump revives program turning peace officers into immigration deputies

The Immigration and Nationality Act allows ICE to deputize local law enforcement. Here are four things to know.

Inglewood community still searching for answers, one year after officer-involved shooting

Two single parents were shot dead by Inglewood Police on the morning of February 21st, 2016. Here's where things stand one year on.

The audacity of ‘woke’

Aware. Knowledgeable. Active. Here's a look at the co-opted word that just might be the rallying cry of the next countercultural movement.

Reality check: Polarized politics make it hard for people to admit when they're wrong

Admitting that you've made a mistake means facing reality. But the harsh tone of political discourse has caused some to hide from the truth, one psychologist says.

Should immigrants be required to assimilate?

Take Two hears two different perspectives.