Austin Cross

Associate Producer, Take Two

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Austin Cross is an Associate Producer for KPCC's Take Two program.

Austin came to KPCC from CBS Radio where he worked for both KNX and KFWB, booking and producing news segments and programs on myriad topics, from finance and technology to culture and issues of race.

Austin is a Southern Californian and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. In addition to producing, he has guest hosted on KFWB.

Stories by Austin Cross

No bones about it: Californians prefer cremation

Cremations made up 63.4 percent of funerals in 2015, and a new forecast says cremation rates will only keep growing — they could reach nearly 80 percent by 2030.

Changes to CA's bar exam could help students of color, immigrants

The California State Bar exam has the lowest pass rates in the country. But cutting the minimum score from 144 to 141 could boost the pass rate by 8 percent.

State of Affairs: Gov. Brown's bullet-train dream deferred? GOP targets House Dems, Calexit 2.0

It's been a pivotal week for politics in the Golden State. Here's what you may have missed.

Big pot: Marijuana lobbyists shaping the future of weed in California

Here are some issues that are front-and-center for the industry.

#SoCalSoCurious: What happens when a cemetery is full?

Sprawling, grassy estates require a lot of maintenance. Who will take on the task once the last grave is full? KPCC journalists dig in to answer the question.

Sessions' new policy on sanctuary cities could face legal challenges, expert says

The DOJ is threatening to pull federal grant money if local law agencies don't comply with federal immigration laws.

What happens to Covered California if Obamacare gets repealed?

Even if a repeal doesn't happen, the president can gut the health law. Here's what Covered California executive director Peter Lee plans to do.

Is the 'Better Deal' from the Democrats actually better?

Most Democrats know they stand against President Trump, but not as many can say what exactly the party stands for. Leaders of the party are hoping to change that.

State of Affairs: Chad Mayes gets flack, Harris and Paul team up, could Trump take tips from Brown?

All wasn't quiet on the Western Coast this week.

Rep. Rohrabacher facing scrutiny after report detailing Russian dealings

The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that Rohrabacher may have taken direction from Russia when he discussed lifting US sanctions on Russian officials.

What's next for California after the GOP health bill collapse?

The latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare has hit a brick wall. Senate Republicans failed to secure the 50 votes needed to pass its healthcare bill Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that, for now, he'll focus efforts on just repealing the Affordable Care Act.

CA community colleges board sets new goals to grow student success

Taking aim at low transfer and graduation rates, the new approach could get students through junior college faster and with better job prospects.

Inside the century-old Ford Theatre's $72 million renovation

One of L.A. County's oldest venues just got a facelift. Take Two's A Martinez got a peek behind the scenes.

Snakes on a plain: Post-drought serpents are fat, happy, and making babies

The recent drought hit SoCal serpents hard, causing them to eat and propagate less. But that could all change very soon.

The tale of Gov. Brown's 2 environmental bills

One bill contains several giveaways to industries, while the other aims to help working-class communities living near polluters. Here's a deeper look.