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

​ People called me 'monkey': Journalists covering the campaign face insults, threats

Political correspondents share the pros and cons of reporting on one of the most contentious presidential races in recent memory.

The final presidential debate: SoCal reacts

Nearly 600 students and staff gathered at USC's Wallis Annenberg Hall to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet on stage for a final time. Take Two was there.

People tend to like the media until they hear something that they don't agree with

We all have biases; it's the job of each journalist to report around them, The Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins says.

Head of policing association apologizes for history of racial abuse

Terrence M. Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said the history of policing has had dark periods, including times when law enforcement officers “have been the face of oppression for too many of our fellow citizens.” Take Two hosts a roundtable discussion to hear reactions.

It's very clear: Political rancor is here to stay

Political rancor is here to stay — at least — past election day, one expert says.

A pro-Clinton online task force could be changing conversations this election season

The pro-Clinton super PAC Correct the Record uses multiple profiles to engage Clinton critics in a digital, and often meme-filled, dialogue.

On being young, black and confused in America

Tyree Boyd-Pates was a child when he learned he was black. In the decades to follow, he'd come to understand identity through his eyes and the eyes of others.

Hillary Clinton's recent tax proposal could lift some Angelenos out of poverty

Clinton's tax plan unveiled Tuesday shines new light on the child tax credit, lowering the earning threshold for eligibility.

A Nation Engaged: A Syrian star is reborn in Hollywood

Actor Jihad "Jay" Abdo fled persecution in Syria, ending up in Southern California. His road back to the silver screen is an American success story.

Young Democrat, Republican united by disdain for Donald Trump

Though the two differ on several key issues, there are three beliefs they hold close: life, liberty and dissatisfaction with the Republican nominee.

A Nation Engaged: Little Rock Nine's Terrence Roberts says America hasn't changed

"We, The Nine, were part of a Black Lives Matter movement back in 1957," Roberts said. "What was our message other than our lives matter?"

Local Latino Trump supporter weighs in on #ThatMexicanThing

Clearly, Pence's quip did not go over well with Mexican Americans who were already opponents of the Trump-Pence ticket. ButWhat about Trump supporters?

Champion high school debaters critique Clinton, Trump's performance

Ethan Tan and Michael Hong aren't old enough to vote, but their astute observations about the night might rival those of pundits thrice their senior.

Pepe the Frog has gone over to the dark side

The Jewish Anti-Defamation League has added the cartoon amphibian to their hate database, saying he's been co-opted by white supremacists in the internet underworld.

It's rude to butt in — even on the debate stage

Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton 51 Monday night. Clinton cut in 17. Modern etiquette maven Amy Alkon says both were in the wrong.