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

Hate crime charges await accused Charleston shooter

Dylan Roof was indicted on federal charges yesterday.

50 years on, many Vietnam vets still struggle with PTSD

A new study crunches the numbers.

What the news gets wrong about Trump

The challenges of covering celebrity candidates.

The search for extraterrestrial life gets a big boost

Soon, SETI could be scanning the skies in style.

New study reveals why mosquitoes suck

Scientists at Caltech have discovered how the little blood-guzzlers track their victims.

For Aurora shooting survivor, conviction brings little comfort

Weaver was in the 5th row of the theater on the night of the shooting. He shared his story with Take Two.

Ellen Pao ouster highlights need to combat Internet trolls

In the battle for the Internet, Ellen Pao says the trolls are winning.

Why you may use a ‘scorecard’ to choose your next surgeon

A new site tracks postoperative complications.

Stuck in the middle: Life in the 'sandwich' generation

Despite its amusing moniker, being a ‘sandwiched’ parent isn't all that fun.

New push to regulate teen residential treatment centers

Take Two spoke to the people on both sides of the debate.

When Internet algorithms discriminate

Because browsing habits are tracked so regularly, computers, over time, begin to gain a greater understanding of the person at the keyboard.

Could Trump blow it for the GOP with Latino voters?

Businessman. Politician. Vote-killer?

Should we be worried about network meltdowns?

What happens when the computers we depend on … betray us?

Understanding America’s heroin problem

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals some grave details about the prevalence of addiction in America.

LA Times 'black Twitter' reporter on the emergence of a community

The Times' new hire talks about his job working with online communities to tell the stories the media often misses.