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

Bernie Sanders comes to LA

'Berniemania' is at a fever pitch in SoCal today.

SoCal reacts to the first GOP debate

Did Trump come out on top?

Japanese American survivor of Hiroshima retells his story

Jack Dairiki went to Japan to visit his sick grandfather in the summer of 1941. He wouldn't return home until the end of the war.

Kevin Bacon on his role as a corrupt sheriff in 'Cop Car'

The film 'Cop Car' stars Kevin Bacon as a Sheriff Kretzer. He doesn't say much during the movie, but he still dominates the screen.

America 50 years after the signing of the Voting Rights Act

For civil rights activists, it was a hard-fought victory. But some say the fight isn’t over.

What to watch for at tonight’s GOP debate

Things should definitely get interesting.

Federal oversight coming to LA County jails

The move comes after the suicides of several mentally ill inmates.

What one reporter learned after a Donald Trump book binge

Nobody talks Trump like Trump.

When is campus policing harmful to the community?

The shooting death of Samuel DuBose ignites an old debate about the arming of campus cops.

‘Berniemania’ could complicate the Clinton campaign

The Vermont senator’s grassroots campaign is sweeping up disillusioned Democrats.

When trees tip: What could be killing California's trees?

The California drought has killed many trees, one expert says.

The complex relationship between black women and police

A look at the encounters that don't always make the headlines.

The rise of the 'lone wolf' gunman

Domestic terrorism is now one of the biggest threats to public safety in America.

Could ‘Insight Policing’ save black lives?

Researchers are exploring some new solutions to an old problem.

American teens are having much less sex

Teenagers are less sexually active than previous generations and are less likely to engage in risky behavior. For that, you can thank easier access to information.