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

Covering suspects who seek media attention

People who commit violent acts often prepare narratives, like manifestos or Vester Flanagan's alleged note, for the media. But how should we use this information?

Black Lives Matter rooted in Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans 10 years ago this week. Slate's Jamelle Bouie says the disaster set the stage for the Black Lives Matter movement.

What makes a hero? An explanation from psychology

Throughout the world, four men who subdued an attacker on a train are being revered as heroes. But what exactly makes a hero?

The Dow takes a nosedive amid 'Black Monday'

A lot of people are worried about what China's 'Black Monday' could do the US economy.

Who are America's next black leaders?

The death of NAACP Chairman Julian Bond leaves a void in America's black leadership. Who will be the next generation of black leaders?

Joe Domanick’s ‘Blue’ tackles troubled history of policing in LA and beyond

Domanick shines a floodlight on the LAPD’s finest and darkest hours.

Why a 'Fresh Prince' adaptation may be stale in 2015

Even if everything else is different, NPR's TV critic says modern audiences may have trouble getting behind a 20-year-old plot.

'Sesame Street' divided: HBO move highlights kids' status

While Sesame Street has always been a place for equality, one Washington Post writer says the move to HBO will only make kids feel divided.

Will the 'force be with' Disney's new Star Wars-themed park?

Not sold on the idea everyone is.

'Mistress America' Director Noah Baumbach on creating 'cinema out of psychology'

The director sat down with Take Two's Alex Cohen.

Streets, beats and silk sheets: Dr. Dre reflects on life after NWA in new album

The 50-year-old rapper has a more fatherly tone, but he's not buying sweaters yet.

China to California: The effects of devaluing the yuan

Chinese economists say devaluing the yuan, the nation's currency, is an attempt to help stabilize the country's sluggish economy.

For one California marketing firm, success is written in the sky … Literally

You’ve probably paused to watch their sky scribbles.

Could Trump widen the gender gap among GOP voters?

Trump’s rift with Fox’s Megyn Kelly could have some unexpected fallout.

The unseen enemy: a cyber security roundtable

Simply downloading antivirus software isn't enough to keep your data safe.