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

For many faith-based communities in the US, ‘religious liberty’ has few limitations

What protections, if any, do faith-based communities across this country have?

Writers' rooms are more diverse than ever, but have a long way to go, study says

A new report from the Writer's Guild of America explores how women and minority screenwriters have been faring recently.

Sanders sweeps weekend caucuses: So what's next?

Alaska, Hawaii and Washington State have helped Sanders cut Hillary Clinton's pledged-delegate lead by 20%.

Dems come to SoCal: Sanders rallies in K-Town, Clinton raises cash in Santa Monica

Democratic presidential candidates converged on California this week.

Why Belgium?

Georgetown University’s Bruce Hoffman says the European nation is a wellspring for terrorism, and law enforcement faces an uphill battle.

State of Affairs: Big tobacco's big threat, gig economy reforms, homeless sue LA city

It's Thursday, which means it's time for Take Two's weekly look at state politics.

Young Republican would rather write in a candidate than vote for Donald Trump

USC junior Mary Perez admits that the act equates to political heresy, but she stands by her conservative values — views she says Donald Trump doesn’t share.

Take Two's primary election preview

A whole lot of points are at stake, and, before the sun sets, one candidate may have to wave goodbye to his presidential aspirations.

Presidential campaign rhetoric is music to this blind jazz virtuoso’s ears

Marcus Roberts’ new album “Race for the White House” features gems like “Making America Great Again (All By Myself)” and “Feel the Bern.” Hear them here.

State of Affairs: Bullet trains and an update on California's congressional race

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump could influence California's congressional race in an unexpected way.

Digital divide could leave a third of Americans behind

Presidential debates often air on cable channels or stream live online. But what about those who don't have home access to Internet?

Newly naturalized Mexicans could spell trouble for the future GOP nominee

Naturalization applications from Mexicans spiked dramatically in the latter half of 2015. Some analysts say that’s because Donald Trump is the GOP frontrunner.

Politics and comedy: The week’s top political headlines, served with a side of humor

Words you can’t say on the radio, the psychology of a Trump supporter and a generally “meh” day for primary voters top the docket.

Can minors represent themselves in immigration court?

Attorneys are in short supply...so should minors seeking asylum in the U.S. represent themselves in court? That's what one judge is saying.

Zoe Saldana: Young, gifted, but maybe not black enough to play Nina Simone

Late jazz icon Nina Simone embraced her blackness. So many fans were upset to see Zoe Saldana wearing an afro wig and dark brown makeup for Simone's biopic.