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

Will Donald J Trump also be the 'gaslighter-in-chief'?

Trump's relationship with the truth sometimes puts him at odds with those keeping track of the things he says — like the press. Turns out there's a word for that.

Dear President Obama: SoCal residents reflect

KPCC asked listeners to share what impact the Obama presidency has had on their lives. One woman's story stood out.

CA reps divided over whether to attend Trump inauguration

Congresspersons Brad Sherman and Judy Chu have made two different decisions when it comes to the swearing-in ceremony. Each shared their take with Take Two.

Roxane Gay explores the complicated lives of 'difficult' women

Compact little anecdotes become lengthy novels of their own in Roxane Gay's new book Difficult Women.

Trump tweet to civil rights icon sparks ire from local leader

Civil rights leaders and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle were quick to condemn the remarks.

Obiden/Joebama have defined the modern 'bromance'

The outgoing president and his VP share a bond that is unmatched in politics. So what's the difference between a friendship and a "bromance"?

Do you even news? Assembly Bill seeks to teach kids to spot fake news

Inspired by a study that revealed the dubious discernment skills of the nation's youth, AB 155 would make media literacy part of the curriculum.

About that Donald Trump press conference: An analysis

The President-elect outlined how he plans to limit conflicts of interest; he also shouted down CNN's Jim Acosta and called Buzzfeed "garbage."

2 ways President Obama will leave his mark on California

The President found some of his strongest support in the Golden State, and his legacy will continue to ripple up and down the coast long after he's gone.

Pot meet kettle: US-Russia election tampering nothing new

Two wrongs don't make a right, but US interference in past Russian elections precludes the US from claiming the moral high ground, argues USC's Robert English.

VA Secretary McDonald: I'd 'undoubtedly' stay if Trump asked

The president-elect has yet to choose the next head of the VA. Many veterans groups have pushed to keep McDonald in place. The Secretary himself spoke to Take Two.

Conservative Congress could make things difficult for California

House Republicans delivered a first-day flip, scrapping their decision to kill the ethics panel. But more fights are ahead, especially for California lawmakers.

Looking back: Blackness in Los Angeles in 2016

It was a tumultuous year for communities of color across the country, and there is little to suggest that 2017 will be much better, activists say.

LA's black business owners face unique challenges

Black Lives Matter has created a directory of black-owned businesses across the country. One local business owner shares her take.

What does the future hold for Republicans in California?

Former Governor Pete Wilson and a young conservative discuss what the next four years may hold for the weakened California GOP.