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 complete 'Back to the Future' 2015 scorecard

Where’s my hoverboard?! The 1989 movie makes several predictions about the technology in 2015. Some of them were spot on…many of them weren't.

The ever-widening cultural gap between North and South Korea

North Korea celebrated 70 years of Communism this week. But for Koreans on both sides of the divide, it's more than just a geographic difference.

US troops to remain in Afghanistan through 2016

President Obama says Afghan forces are "fully responsible for securing their country" but US troops are still needed for training and support.

Democratic debate: Professor, young dems weigh in

About 11 percent of all homes with televisions tuned into CNN to watch the event. The numbers indicate it's the most-viewed Democratic debate in history.

No more nudes for Playboy

Playboy's publishers think a little modesty could go a long way for the magazine.

Hillary Clinton's chief strategist talks debate preparation

Playing the role of opponent, comebacks and zingers: They're all part of debate prep. But determining an exact image and message isn't always easy.

Finding and stopping the next mass shooter

Risk assessment professional Stephen White says many shooters leave a unique trail of clues.

Gallup is out of the pre-presidential horse race

Polling giant Gallup told Politico on Wednesday that it will be stepping back from handicapping the presidential horse race.

Justice Department to release 6K drug offenders

The vote cut sentences retroactively, meaning that even more drug offenders could eventually be approved for early release nationwide.

Politicon: Trevor Noah, Ann Coulter will be in the same room

No, it's not the world's weirdest dinner party. They're just a two of the many folks who will be appearing this week at an event called Politicon.

CA End of Life proponent: 'It's been a long journey'

Christy O'Donnell, one of California's most vocal proponents of End of Life legislation, is speaking out after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill.

'The Grinder' executive producer talks show's inspiration

Nicholas Stoller spoke with host Alex Cohen about the inspiration behind the plot, which often makes fun of TV courtroom shows.

Why it’s so hard to pass effective gun control laws

Lasting gun legislation will take an act of congress, says one expert, but mustering enough support is difficult.

Peeple, Yelp for humans: App for 'horrible people'

Maybe you've written a review for a restaurant or hotel you loved - or hated. Well, now you can do that for your friend - or enemy.

Where young conservatives see the GOP going

With three political outsiders topping the list, one thing seems clear: GOP voters want fresh faces and stronger stances.