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

Do female Democrats feel torn between Clinton and Sanders?

Choosing which candidate to support can bring up very mixed feelings for some Democrats —especially female Democrats.

Colombian president Santos comes to the White House

President Obama and Santos will commemorate 15 years of Plan Colombia, which has helped restore the Colombian economy and stem the flow of illegal drugs into the US.

Should women have to register for the draft? Some top military chiefs think so.

Chiefs from the Army and Marine Corps told a Senate committee Tuesday that, because all combat positions are now open to women, a policy change would make sense.

Young voters are a political force to be reckoned with — just ask Hillary Clinton.

Young voters made their voices heard at Monday night's Iowa caucus -- especially on the Democratic side.

Democratic divide? What the Iowa caucus reveals about the state of the party

Democrats had a raucous caucus in Iowa Monday night. The evening ended with a "virtual tie" between candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Whites more aware of racism in America, new data reveals

Researchers have found that more people recognize racism as a major problem in America today than did eight years ago. Why? The media.

Examining the diversity deficit in entertainment news

The media has been flooded with stories castigating Hollywood for its lack of racial diversity. But what about all the reporters writing those stories?

VA's #1 priority: Ending veteran homelessness

From making housing vouchers more robust to revamping the West L.A. VA campus, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has plenty to do in 2016.

Behold the awesome power of political endorsements

Whether it's a wink, a nod, or a public statement of support, some endorsements can boost a candidate's chances of success more than any debate.

CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla's plan to get more people to the polls

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is the author of a bill that -- if passed -- could streamline the voting process in the state by 2018.

Bernie Sanders and the 'art of a political revolution'

"Every good movement has always had a good visual soundtrack to it," says Luis Calderin, arts, culture & youth vote manager for the Sanders Campaign.

Examining Egypt five years after the Arab Spring

The revolution didn't end with the fall of longtime president Hosni Mubarak. Some Egyptians say little has changed.

Masculinity and the White House: America’s long search for a comMANder-in-chief

More than a century after "masculinity" melded with American politics, many voters still seek certain traits –– even when the candidate is a female.

Making sense of all those darn primary polls

There are polls aplenty as we head into the most volatile stage in the campaign season. So, what do we do with all the information?

Hillary Clinton’s Latino pollster on why millennials aren’t voting

Latinos are the fastest-growing group in the country. They’re also more unlikely to vote than almost any other part of the electorate.