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

The great big California primary roundtable

For an in-depth look at the last Super Tuesday of the primary cycle, Take Two assembled a special panel of experts from across the Golden State.

American consumers and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad debt

John Oliver paid off $15 million dollars worth of old medical debts on his show Sunday, exposing a troubling flaw in the debt collection industry. Take Two explores.

Kids or 'monsters?' New doc follows juvenile offenders facing life sentences

"They Call us Monsters" tells the story of three young men on the brink of adulthood who may never know freedom.

Bernie Sanders looks to contested convention ahead of final ‘Super Tuesday'

To Bernie Sanders, his path to victory hinges on wins on Tuesday and his ability to persuade superdelegates to abandon Hillary Clinton.

Shooter? Oh, I hope they’re not (insert race).

As details of deadly sprees emerge, many minorities, fearing retaliation, find themselves hoping the perpetrator doesn’t look like them.

What’s the point of a hit list?

Hit lists are a common component in emotionally charged killings, but what do they mean, and who's really supposed to read them?

​Clinton vs. Sanders: Which candidate has the best economic vision for California?

Take Two evaluates where the Democratic presidential candidates stand on jobs, small business, and healthcare.

Forgotten genocide: Uncovering the systematic extermination of California's natives

"It's not an exaggeration to say that California legislators established a state-sponsored killing machine," UCLA professor and author Benjamin Madley told Take Two.

Quick and dirty: Here's what will be on your primary ballot next week

Nearly 1.8 million voters registered or updated their information ahead of the May 23rd deadline. Many of them will come to the polls next week.

Why computerized translators still have a long way to go

Every language has exceptions and even exceptions to exceptions. These nuances make it hard for even the most machine translators to keep up.

Grab a spoon: Bitter political rivals end up eating their words at the party convention

After the last primary poll has been cast, it’s up to the loser to bury the hatchet. Take Two looks back at the best (and worst) concessions.

Getting dirty: Who's digging up political dirt this election year?

Oppositional researchers probe the lives of political hopefuls for one reason: to find the misstep that can take them down. Take Two asked one about his technique.

Love on the rails: Will the Expo extension motivate daters to cast a wider net?

The new track could mean less time on the road for commuters. It might also bring some relief to the city's daters.

How the investigation into the crash of EgyptAir MS 804 will unfold

The black box is just one piece of the puzzle.

The complex role of political surrogates

This election cycle, political surrogates have been out in full force, touting the messages of the presidential candidates.