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 fourth GOP debate comes at an uncertain time for the Republican Party

This debate, much like the last, will focus on jobs and the economy. But things will be a little different this time.

Why Bernie Sanders could have trouble securing Latino votes

Latinos could make or break the race for Sanders, and he faces an uphill battle.

The road to the White House may be paved with laughter

A good late-night TV appearance may give candidates more of a boost than any debate, says one Harvard professor.

Recipe for a James Bond song: Strings, brass, awkward lyrics

A study of the songs of James Bond films show a 50-year identity crisis, say two Stanford professors.

Nixing Telemundo debate could hurt, help some GOP hopefuls

If the parties can't strike a deal, the Republican candidates could lose their only chance to appeal to a large group of Latino voters.

Brace yourselves: Presidential campaign ads are coming

Take Two evaluated the effectiveness of several campaign ads from past elections.

From Syria to Hollywood: Jay Abdo's rough road to stardom

Jay Abdo was Syria's Kevin Spacey, until he spoke out against President Bashar al-Assad. When the threats came, he fled to America.

Abigail Disney tackles guns and the evangelical church in ‘Armor of Light’

An evangelical minister asks Christians, is it possible to be pro-gun and pro-life?

The generational divide of Black Lives Matter in LA

Generations of blacks in South Los Angeles are divided over the Black Lives Matter movement. Take Two brought the two sides together to discuss the issues.

3 tips to spruce up your online dating profile

Welcome to cuddle season! Online dating activity jumps just before the holidays. Here are some tips to help get the most out of your profile.

GOP debate: USC professor analyzes what went down

Moderators had trouble reining in the GOP presidential hopefuls, who were quick to criticize each other and the CNBC moderators.

Round three for the GOP: Candidates to spar over ‘your money’

At the center will be a very familiar face: businessman Donald Trump. This time, however, he shares the spotlight with Ben Carson.

Ben Carson is controversial, and that’s just the way voters like it

A new poll shows Dr. Ben Carson now leading the Republican field of presidential hopefuls. To what does Ben Carson owe his newfound popularity?

How new emojis make it to your smartphone

Every spring, a select group meets to vote on the latest emoji.

Cinespia celebrates the 40th anniversary of 'Rocky Horror'

Cinespia creative director John Wyatt stopped by Take Two to talk about the significance of the film.