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

California’s ‘modified’ primary system is kinda complicated

You might want to double-check your voter registration.

Making California’s communities of color ‘Feel the Bern'

The Golden State could present Bernie Sanders’ biggest challenge yet, as one of the most diverse electorates in the country.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan meet in Washington

Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have been on icy terms for most of the primary season, but now there are signs that relations may be starting to thaw.

The FDA plans to redefine 'healthy.' But it may take a while.

Since the mid-1990s, the FDA has defined “healthy” as a product with limited levels of fat, sodium and cholesterol. But that could all change soon.

It's very clear, drought regs are here to stay

Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order that will make some California drought regulations permanent.

#BernieOrBust Democrats will probably vote Clinton come November

Some Sanders supporters say they won't vote for Clinton in the general election. But that could change in the coming months, says one analyst.

Clinton's California director has 'no doubt' the Democratic party can be unified

With the Democratic nomination all but in the bag, the Clinton campaign is confident they will mend fences with Sanders supporters.

Standing firm: Young GOP-er calls Trump a ‘con man,’ won’t vote for him

USC student and Take Two regular, Mary Perez has been against Donald Trump’s candidacy from the start and said that won’t change anytime soon.

Cruz and Kasich concessions could hurt California Republicans in June

California Republicans who were hoping to slow Donald Trump's momentum now have much less incentive to vote in the June primary. Take Two analyzes the impact.

Sloganize this: The art of the presidential rallying cry

Where's the Beef? We Have HOPE that It's Morning Again in America, so Let's Make a Future to Believe In. Make Article Teases Great Again.

Why millennials care about politics

Who's doing the best job of appealing to the millennial voting bloc?

Why millennials are speaking up for social justice

Why is Gen Y one of the most active generations in half-a-century?

The man who makes Obama funny

“He wants to be edgy, not for a comedian, but edgy for a president,” says David Litt, the lead joke writer for the last four White House Correspondents' Dinners.

Presidential candidates have delivered some pretty ‘meh’ speeches this race. Here’s why.

What happened to elegantly crafted speeches? Take Two asked a campaign speechwriter.

Willie Williams’ tumultuous tenure at the helm of the LAPD

Williams took the top job at a turbulent time for the Los Angeles Police Department, but he wasn’t the hero then-Mayor Tom Bradley was hoping for.