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

Images of tragedy: Who decides how much the public gets to see?

Grainy footage of one of the Istanbul suicide bombers has surfaced. Some outlets have run the clip in its entirety, but others have held back. Where is the line?

What is the state of the black family in SoCal?

A new study shines a spotlight on an old question: What role does the family play in determining a child's success?

Architect Barbara Bestor’s latest project: Jamba Juice Old Pasadena

Jamba Juice habitué of Old Town Pasadena rejoice; your nectar nook has returned, and it’s likely the most aesthetically pleasing juice joint for miles around.

Code orange: Mac n' Cheetos is a thing

In the never-ending battle for a bigger share of the market, deep-fried culinary crossbreeds may represent a new hope for BK.

What does the SCOTUS decision on affirmative action mean for the UC system?

The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Thursday morning on a controversial diversity admissions policy at the University of Texas. The UC system has a similar policy. What's different?

Demanding action on gun control, House Democrats stage sit-in

More than 200 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives are staging a sit-in, including California Rep. Judy Chu. She talked to Take Two live from the House.

Decommissioning Diablo: Nuclear waste from power plant will be an ongoing concern

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant, California's last nuclear facility, will cease operations by 2025. So what happens to its tons of toxic nuclear waste?

Donald Trump's national campaign may be in deep trouble

It may be the year of the outsider, but politics tend to work in the favor of politicians who know how to play the game. Take Two examines the Trump strategy.

Henry Rollins on his latest role as a villain among villains

A bunch of gunmen attempts to rob a bank — the only problem is, one of their hostages just happens to be a serial killer. Oh hey, Henry Rollins.

When God seems silent: Communities make sense of tragedy through love and togetherness

As Americans drift away from organized religion, universal tenets like fellowship, reconciliation and faith continue to hold a central place in our lives — especially in the wake of tragedies.

Choosing a running mate isn't exactly rocket science

Data shows that general election voters don't seem to care about the president's right-hand man. The idea VP will need to have a few key traits, though.

Nation torn over how to describe worst shooting in history

If civilians and policymakers can't agree on how to discuss Sunday's shooting, what hope do they have of preventing more violence?

A nod from the Head of State rarely leads to a win in November

President Obama officially endorsed Hillary Clinton's run for the White House Thursday. Here's what history tells us about the power of a presidential green light.

Did the media blow it for Bernie?

"It's a question of feeding the viewers what they think they want, as opposed to giving a balanced coverage of the election cycle," one expert says of TV news.

Young voters react to a historic California primary

A young Republican and Democrat reflect on Clinton, Sanders, Trump, and the future of American politics.