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

State of Affairs: Conservatives criticize Gov. Brown, CA Dems demand Flynn-Russia transcripts

Take Two tackles the top stories from California's political stage.

Why the 9th Circuit is an attractive target for GOP lawmakers

Splitting up the court would mean new judgeships. Those new judgeships would be filled by the Republican Senate, with nominees proposed by a Republican president.

State of Affairs: Democratic lawmakers prepare to take on Trump in the courts

Recently contracted former US Attorney General Eric Holder was spotted in Sacramento, and the Assembly is fast-tracking three immigration bills.

Is the future of the Democratic Party female?

"Nevertheless, she persisted."

LA's heroin problem is hitting millennials hard

Emergency room trips doubled for young heroin users between 2010 and 2016.

Is a 'Hugo Chavez wannabe' the early frontrunner in Mexico's 2018 presidential race?

Mexico's general election is more than a year away, but populist candidates are showing their appeal as US-Mexico relationships continue to fray.

Why do people care so much they're willing to protest?

With so many strong reactions to President Trump's executive orders, Take Two wondered: what makes us care about things the way we do?

State of Affairs: Berkeley protests and California draws political lines in the sand

Carla Marinucci, the senior writer for Politico's California Playbook and Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College, joined Take Two to discuss.

3 ways Trump's SCOTUS pick could impact California

President Donald Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, has been likened to former Justice Antonin Scalia. Here's what his nomination could mean to the Golden State.

San Bernardino police chief: Travel ban doesn't make city safer

The San Bernardino Police Chief says the Trump travel ban would not have prevented the 2015 shooting there, and doesn't make people any safer now.

SoCal Republicans divided over Trump immigration order

The president's order suspending refugee admissions has Republicans split along ideological lines. Here are two perspectives.

Mexican import tax could hit Californians right in the avocados

And that's not all. Here's how a suggested import tax on goods from Mexico could impact you, and the produce, cars and electronics you buy.

Will Trump's southern border wall prove effective? History says no.

Border walls have long been part of the political discourse in America. Motivations may have changed, but one expert contends the outcome hasn't.

DA Jackie Lacey discusses Ezell Ford decision

District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Tuesday that her department would not charge the officers who killed Ezell Ford. She reflected today on Take Two.

Do Christians have a duty to 'resist' President Trump?

Faith leaders differ over just what the God of our founders would make of the country's newest chapter. We spoke to two.