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 'Happiest Place on Earth' beefs up security

"Disney can come up with ways to make anything positive, including a security experience," says security expert Jonathan Wackrow.

Mistrial in case against Baltimore officer could have 'domino effect'

William Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray. Wednesday's mistrial could affect the state's cases against the remaining five.

Young Republicans on the future of the party

What does last night's debate say about the state of the GOP campaign heading into 2016? Take Two put the question to two Republican millennials.

Did LA Unified really need to close schools Tuesday?

Security and risk assessment expert Jonathan Tal weighs in.

Hazard or hoax: The high stakes world of school risk assessment

LAUSD officials ordered all schools closed Tuesday, after a “credible” threat. New York City schools received a similar threat, but schools stayed open. Who was right?

The people behind the ‘invisible primary’

Party elites have the power to turn the tide of the primaries, but most GOP higher-ups have stayed silent this election season.

Reexamining the DEA's stance on narco-terrorism

Since the U.S. began waging the "war on terror," one area of focus has been the global drug trade.

Vigilant or paranoid? Reexamining ‘See Something, Say Something’

The San Bernardino attacks have led some to question the effectiveness of the approach.

Former Japanese American internee worries history could repeat itself

Mas Yamashita was just 6 years old when Executive Order 9066 forced his family to move into a modified horse stall.

San Bernardino shooting: SoCal Muslims fear retaliation in wake of attack

Three young Muslim leaders spoke with us about the shooting and the subsequent rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric, including Trump's call for banning Muslims from entering the U.S.

‘New phase’ of terror calls for new approach

Just two days after the Wednesday attacks in San Bernardino, the FBI announced that they would take over the investigation. Here's what that investigation might look like.

Law enforcement expert calls Wednesday response 'textbook'

The San Bernardino Police Department was one of seven law enforcement agencies deployed during the mass shooting. How did they perform together?

Exploring communal trauma in the wake of a tragedy

In the days and weeks to come, many residents of San Bernardino will struggle to come to terms with what happened and accept a new "normal."

Why we pray after mass shootings

Shortly after Wednesday’s shooting, members of the San Bernardino community huddled in prayer. Then came the prayer shaming.

Tom Jones gets his 'rock and roll rocks off' in new album

Longtime musical superstar Tom Jones talks to Take Two's Alex Cohen about producing the album he's always wanted.