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

Coming to terms with Trump: Holdout Republicans might finally be accepting their frontrunner

Donald J. Trump might not be the presidential candidate Republican voters want, but more seem to realize he’s their best hope.

For 'Straight Outta Compton' star Jason Mitchell, Key & Peele's Keanu a 'juicier' triumph

Mitchell's road to stardom was a bumpy one. When his first movie premiered, he was in a jail cell.

Musical inheritance: Why we pass our favorite music to the next generation

It turns out the songs we love might tell them a lot more about us than we can.

Virgin voters: A look at the hopes and fears of political first-timers

Take Two asked four first-time voters to record their thoughts about this election year. Their observations might surprise you.

Can California save the race for Bernie Sanders? Probably not. Here’s why.

A win in California might not save the Sanders campaign, but could be enough to scare Clinton, one expert explains.

Arabic-speaking student removed from flight vows to push for change

Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was escorted off his flight to Oakland earlier this month, after a passenger reported him for speaking Arabic on the phone before takeoff.

UC Berkeley student taken off Southwest flight after speaking Arabic

UC Berkeley student, Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was ordered off a Southwest flight earlier this month, shortly after he made a phone call waiting for takeoff.

As El Niño fades, NOAA issues La Niña watch

Meteorologists at the center say El Nino's days may be numbered, and it's dryer sibling — known as La Nina — could be on its way.

Take Two Time Machine: The history of delegates

The presidential nomination process was a long time in the making.

Papal proclamation urges a more welcoming church

The latest proclamation by Pope Francis signals a bold change of direction for the Roman Catholic Church and its approach to family life.

Panama Papers implicate thousands of the world's wealthy, but few Americans

Just 211 US addresses have been found in the data — a small sliver of the massive data dump, which raises the question: Where are Americans putting their money?

Riots, scuffles, billy clubs: Contested conventions can get pretty wild

What happens when a presidential candidate doesn't have enough delegates to win the nomination? A look back at the two conventions that changed American politics.

International criminals, politicians could have a rough week, thanks to the Panama Papers.

A massive data leak from a Panama-based law firm is shining new light on a secret financial underworld.

That awkward moment: 4 campaign trail gaffes that stymied White House bids

If you listen closely, you can hear the door of opportunity closing on each candidate's hopes and dreams.

North Korea could face famine of biblical proportions, state newspaper warns

The announcement follows a fresh wave of sanctions, leveled by the UN after several nuclear tests by the North.