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

For former Corinthian students, uncertainty looms

Corinthian has closed its remaining campuses in California. KPCC spoke to a student affected by the closing.

Aurora movie theater shooting trial: what to expect

If convicted, accused shooter James Holmes could face the death penalty.

Only true love survives IKEA

When gauging the health of your relationship, IKEA may be the canary in the coal mine.

Google’s Fi could make Verizon and AT&T nervous

Google’s new carrier flips the billing model we’ve come to know.

Missing: America's black men

More than a million black men are absent from society, most of them locked up in prison or killed.

Predicting the future of American English

Self-proclaimed “word connoisseur” James Harbeck uses language history to predict the future.

Man who took video of SC police shooting wants pay

His video has been played on news networks around the world. Now Feidin Santana wants news organizations to pay.

Hillary’s image overhaul

She’s been in the public eye for decades … is it too late to see her in a new light?

LA Times publisher Austin Beutner sees bright future for paper

The media landscape is changing rapidly. L.A. Times publisher Austin Beutner tells Take Two how the paper has managed to stay ahead of the curve.

Coal vs the E.P.A: D.C. Court of Appeals hears arguments

Proposed regulation by the E.P.A has coal proponents heated.

FDA censures Kind: a look at sugar and fat use in the “health” food industry

The FDA wants “health” food producers like Kind to change their claims.

Are LA's race relations as rosy as they seem?

Though a new survey from USC showed a positive outlook on race relations in L.A., prominent scholars say we still have a ways to go.

Race relations in California

The Golden State is doing better than most of the country.

Remembering the Pet Rock

The Pet Rock: 1 percent product, 99 percent marketing, 100 percent nostalgia.

Greywater presents possible solution to California's drought

Recycled water systems could decelerate the drought. So why aren’t more people using them?