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

NorCal pot growers raided over water waste

Illicit pot farms could be exacerbating California’s drought.

LA’s 'Man Cave' readies for soccer fans

The U.S.-Japan rematch is sure to be a boom for local sports bars.

The Grateful Dead is big business

They weren’t deadheads about their money.

Exploring the potential impact of $15 an hour on SoCal

The Los Angeles City Council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour yesterday; it’s a decision that could mean a raise for about 800-thousand low-wage workers by 2020.

Debating the line between anti-Semitism and free speech

UC administrators and rabbis from across the state are calling on UC president Janet Napolitano to crack down on anti-Semitic statements made during campus protests.

Wait, what? Why you have a shorter attention span than a goldfish

If a new study by Microsoft is correct, you might be feeling pretty antsy by the end of this sentence.

The etiquette of #DroughtShaming

What do you do when you catch a water waster in the act? Do you walk on by? Do you gently remind them that California is in the midst of a devastating drought? Or do you tweet a picture of the guilty party and shame them from the safety of the internet?

Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum curators face unique preservation challenges

Anna Lopuska, lead conservator for the museum, shares those challenges with Take Two.

A critical look at media coverage of the unrest in Baltimore

Images of unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray have been shown on TV screens non-stop for more than a week now. It's the latest in a series of racially-fueled demonstrations against law enforcement that have received ample, though sometimes problematic coverage by the media.

Freddie Gray case: Implications of the charges against the officers

The Freddie Gray case took a dramatic turn Friday morning, when six officers were charged in Gray's death.

Black and young in Baltimore

For young people of color, growing up in Baltimore is often anything but Rockwellian.

Use of the word 'thug' and the Baltimore riots

Jamell Bouie, who's been covering the Baltimore riots for Slate, provides an analysis of the usage of the word for people in Baltimore.

Defending L.A.’s street vendors

A team of UCLA law students is helping street vendors fight costly citations.

China upset over potential US trade deal with Japan

A deal spearheaded by the U.S .and Japan has provoked the ire of China.

Same sex marriage goes before the Supreme Court

What’s decided could affect same-sex marriage laws across the country.