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

Radicalization will continue to be a major concern in Germany, world expert says

A truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany left 12 dead and injured scores more Monday.

Study: Inland Empire leads the state in tenant evictions

The Inland Empire, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties, has more than double the eviction rate of Los Angeles.

Stopping the spread of fake news is a complicated challenge

Fake news has gone from the underbelly of the internet to a highly politicized issue, making consumer education a difficult task.

StoryCorps confession ignites debate over atonement, forgiveness

Nearly 90 years ago, Joseph Linsk stole two dollars intended for his parent's black cleaning lady, Pearl. His story sparked several discussions online.

Man with the Klan: Daryl Davis' unorthodox approach to racial reconciliation

Davis is a musician, he's black, and he spends much of his free time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. His story is told in a new documentary.

3 ways a Trump, Pruitt EPA could affect California

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been chosen to head the EPA. Pruitt has ties to the fossil fuel industry and has denied the severity of climate change.

'We were wondering if we were going to survive': Pearl Harbor vet recalls

During the attacks 75 years ago, Army veteran Wetzel Sanders manned a .50 caliber machine gun and shot down a fighter plane. He shares his story with Take Two.

Report examines how black, Latino boys define success

A study from UCLA's Black Male Institute highlights the need to reexamine how student success is measured in marginalized communities.

Donald J. Trump: The video game

At least five video games starring President-elect Trump have come on the market this year. Some carry a very pro-Trump message; others are decidedly anti-Trump.

California state lawmakers to make bail reform a top priority

California lawmakers, Assemblyman Rob Bonta and state Sen. Bob Hertzberg announce plan to reform bail bonds system.

Homegrown terror: One year after San Bernardino, are we safer?

Streamlined collaboration between local and federal law enforcement is helping authorities to detect and foil plots more effectively than before.

Colombia's FARC deal could leave many war criminals unpunished

The new peace accord could give immunity to thousands of guerilla fighters. According to one expert, that could lead some civilians to turn vigilante.

Democrats dominate in the California legislature. Here's what it means.

Democrats now dominate in the California legislature. For more on what the supermajority means, LA Times reporter, Jeremy White joins Take Two.

Donald Trump's California voter fraud claims, debunked

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says there was no fraud on Election Day, challenging the president-elect to submit proof.

Breaking bread, butting heads: Politics could make Thanksgiving dinner hard to swallow

One KPCC listener has been dreading political conversations with her family, so Take Two brought in a psychologist to talk her through it.