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

How tenants can tackle living condition problems

Many people living in substandard housing don't speak out about it. They may not know where to turn, or fear that speaking out could leave them homeless.

Former host of 'Meet the Press' David Gregory on family, failure and faith

David Gregory spend his life pursuing his career. When he split with NBC, it was his faith that carried him through.

LB Mayor Robert Garcia, local priest talk Pope Francis visit

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and local priest Joe Palacios were invited to the White House to welcome Pope Francis on his historic U.S. visit.

What black Catholics want to hear from Pope Francis

America's three-million black Catholics are hoping for recognition by the Pontiff.

The enormous task of protecting Pope Francis

A former Secret Service agent says security for the Pontiff will be equal to, if not exceed that of President Barack Obama.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the impacts of poverty to prison

America's prisons hold a disproportionate number of African-American men, and it's unclear why.

GOP debate: Recap from a Southern California perspective

Donald Trump managed to get in some zingers and insults, but some declared former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina the evening's breakout star.

Republican debate at Reagan Library: Immigration a top issue

All eyes will be on Southern California on Wednesday night, as 11 Republican presidential hopefuls prepare to face off again.

How campuses, students are tackling college sex assault

From now until Thanksgiving, campuses will be on high alert. It's the period known as 'the red zone,' the time when reports of sexual assault spike.

As 'Key & Peele' ends, writers reflect on race and comedy

Writers Ian Roberts and Jay Martel share their thoughts on the show that wasn't afraid to 'go there.'

Ken Burns talks 'Civil War,' America's racial struggle

Ken Burns' documentary 'Civil War' has been remastered. He believes Abraham Lincoln would be saddened by America's continuing struggle with racism.

3 tips to transform your teen's online etiquette

While Britian's Debrett's is helping teens with online 'NET-iquette,' our very own Amy Alkon has tips for U.S. teen and online manners.

Idris Elba: Too black for Bond?

James Bond writer Anthony Horowitz called the actor ‘street.’ Was it really a comment about race?

The BuzzFeed effect: From listicles to actual news source

According to those familiar with the deal, BuzzFeed is looking to lease a 250,000-square-foot complex on the edge of downtown L.A.

The genesis of the American gunman

Questions remain as to why Vester Lee Flanagan allegedly shot 2 journalists, but one theory blames the false promise of the American Dream.