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

What happens to Covered California if Obamacare gets repealed?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.

State of Affairs: Brown's climate summit, Jimmy Gomez still in the Assembly

A month ago, voters in the 34th district chose Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez to take Xavier Becerra's old seat in Congress — so why hasn't Gomez been sworn in?

State of Affairs: Assembly Speaker Rendon threatened, blue California could be seeing red

Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon faced death threats, less than a week after putting the single-payer bill on hold.

SoCal progressives are growing in numbers — but can they get a candidate elected?

Ahead of next year's midterms, a growing number of grassroots organizers are throwing their support behind political outsiders. We followed one.

Cyber attacks like the one that hit Maersk will continue to be a problem for companies

Companies must often make a difficult choice: update software and risk loss of productivity or remain unprotected from hackers.

California could get hit hard by the Senate GOP health care bill

The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release their findings as early as today; early analysis says the bill could leave millions uninsured.

State of Affairs: Time for Pelosi to go? Lessons from Georgia, Feinstein isn't stopping yet

After an expensive defeat in Georgia, some House Democrats question Nancy Pelosi's future.