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 complex psychology behind political memes

That awkward moment when you brace yourself because you’re not sure if you’re going to have to unfriend someone today.

Take Two roundtable: Scrutinizing Super Tuesday

Struggles for Sanders, a conservative chasm, and a bountiful black vote. Tuesday night was nothing if not dramatic.

Take Two takes on Super Tuesday

With 12 states voting and 1,460 delegates on the line, there's a lot at stake on Super Tuesday. So how do you talk about such a critical moment for the candidates? With a little comedy, of course.

Chris Rock at the Oscars: Did he win or did he blow it?

Writer Alynda Wheat thinks his edgy bits went exactly where they needed to go. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson says he "completely missed the point."

Nevada Republicans hope for a caucus less raucous than 2012

In Nevada Saturday, Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton scored a narrow victory over Senator Bernie Sanders. Today, Republicans have their say.

Minority voters helped tip the scales in Nevada's Democratic caucus

Bernie Sanders lost in Nevada, but won in one way that was not thought possible just months ago: he closed the Latino voter gap with Hillary Clinton.

Politics or pandering: Are Clinton and Sanders trying too hard to court the black vote?

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have secured endorsements from influential black leaders, but will they still be around after the votes have been cast?

Presidential attack ads: A history

Presidential mudslinging ain’t nothing new. Attack ads have played a pivotal part in elections past. Here are some of the most efficient ones.

Candidates are hoping to strike electoral gold in the Silver State

On Saturday, Democratic caucusgoers will gather at firehouses, schools and even a few casinos throughout Nevada to decide the tight race.

Kendrick Lamar’s performance might signal new chapter for music

Taylor Swift may have won the top prize at the Grammys Monday night, but it was Kendrick Lamar who stirred social media with his politically charged performance.

Love and politics: How to prevent the election from ruining your relationship

The most high-stakes debate of this presidential election just might be the one that takes place in your living room. Here are some ground rules.

Progressive or nah? Clinton and Sanders squabble over political pedigree

Sanders and Clinton voted the same way 93 percent of their time together in the Senate. So why do they spar over whose policies are more progressive?

Sanders does well with white voters, but the true test is to come

Voter turnout in Iowa? White. New Hampshire? Whiter. How will Bernie Sanders fare in Nevada and South Carolina, states with more diverse populations?

Clinton vs Sanders: Exploring the generational fissure between female Democrats

Longtime feminist Vivian Rothstein says George McGovern was the Bernie Sanders of her generation. His loss to Richard Nixon taught her a hard lesson.

Sen. Todd Weiler’s mission to make porn a public health crisis

The Utah senator tells Take Two that he seeks a web experience where porn isn't thrust in his face. But one longtime therapist says he's concerned.