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

Straitlaced media giant buys satirical website because millennials

Univision just bought a major stake in The Onion. Univision execs say comedy is the “common currency” among millennials. Here’s how the partnership might look.

Despite controversies, football interest stronger than ever

Gregg Easterbrook tackles football's long-term viability in his new book called "The Game's Not Over: In Defense of Football".

Stars say they will boycott the Oscars after another year of white nominees

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee announced Monday that they will boycott the award ceremony this year. Could this spell trouble for the Oscars?

Feds to crackdown on dark money in luxury real estate

The majority of LA's high-end housing market is made up of anonymous buyers who shield their identities behind corporations. That could be changing soon.

What will it take to solve the nation's student debt crisis?

The President used a portion of his Tuesday's speech to address ballooning student debt. His comments come at a time when student debt burdens have reached record levels.

Clinton campaign to engage Asian-American voters

According to the census bureau, the number of Asian Americans registered to vote has doubled since the year 2000, making them a powerful force in modern politics.

In the Korean conflict, propaganda is the oldest weapon

North Korea may have nuclear capabilities, but the regime can do little to halt the flow of illicit western media.

White House hopefuls react to President's actions on guns

Gun control often comes up during presidential elections, but this year it's likely to stand out for a number of reasons.

What to call Oregon’s armed occupiers

Media organizations can't seem to agree on exactly what to call the men currently occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Chinese stocks tumble, rattling global markets

What do China’s market woes mean for everyday Americans?

State lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them this year

At least two of the hurdles they’ll face in 2016 are leftover from 2015.

These winter cocktails will keep you (very) warm

The winter holidays are a time for friends, family and cheer. Oh, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol.

Point Break’s Edgar Ramirez on playing a 'bad guy'

Edgar Ramirez saw the original Point Break when he was 13 years old. He said the film left an impact, but not for the reasons that one might think.

Dr. Bennet Omalu and the autopsy that shook the NFL

The doctor who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy says he wouldn’t let his child play football and neither should you.

2015: A year in language

Lumbersexual, on fleek, dad bod, and -ism are among some of the year’s top terms, according to sociolinguist Lauren Collister.