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

Non-Asians are enrolling in Chinese heritage classes

Chinese heritage school is a normal part of childhood for many first generation Chinese Americans, but one reporter noticed the makeup of the classes is changing.

The best Cyber Monday tech buys

A big part of online shopping involves gizmos, gadgets and digital stuff, but how to make sure you are getting a deal?

3 tips for handling those awkward Thanksgiving gatherings

Distant relatives, alcohol and kids. What could possibly go wrong? Take Two talks to modern etiquette expert Amy Alkon.

How to not talk about terrorism

Radical Islam, jihadists, or none of the above? Take Two analyzes the way politicians and pundits talk about violent extremism.

Forced to flee to the US, Syrian actor Jay Abdo responds to House lawmakers

Jay Abdo was Syria’s "Kevin Spacey," until he spoke out against the Assad regime. He sat down again with Take Two after the Senate voted to stop admitting refugees.

What makes a terrorist? Exploring the 'stairway to terror'

Georgetown professor Fathali Moghaddam says the only way to stop terrorism is to address the social factors that cause young Muslims to turn into extremists.

Late night Paris raids reveal sophisticated network

USC Counterterrorism expert Errol Southers says American officials should take notice.

Could the Paris attacks impact the presidential race? Probably not, expert says

Sympathy for Paris is in high supply now, but Americans are unlikely to let the attacks influence who they vote for come primary season.

Oxford's Word of the Year isn't actually a word

It's the 'face with tears of joy' emoji. Sociolinguist Tyler Schnoebelen, one of the leading researchers on emoji, explains more.

SoCal students talk race, discrimination on campus

Students of color from three prestigious Southern California universities share their experiences. 'For my mental health, I can't just suck it up,' one student says.

Paris, Beirut and America’s case of selective grief

Two cities were targeted by terrorists last week, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at Facebook. Here’s why.

Claremont college student who led hunger strike to ouster dean talks race on campus

Taylor Lemmons, a junior at Claremont McKenna College, led a hunger strike calling for Dean Mary Spellman's resignation. She spoke to Take Two.

LA law enforcement officials weigh-in on transparency, body cams

A KPCC investigation revealed that officers shot 375 people between 2010 and 2014. No officers have been prosecuted for any of those shootings.

Mizzou Jewish, black students bond amid racial tension

Campus Jews and blacks have faced aggression in recent weeks. Senior Marlee Ribnick says a shared struggle has brought the groups together.

Fact checking the fourth GOP Debate

Candidates made a lot of claims about the state of the US economy. Some were true, but some might have been a bit of a stretch.