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

Déjà vu: Donald Trump's Nixonian relationship with the press

One presidential scholar says the President-elect's relationship with the media is reminiscent of another Republican head of state.

Meet the alt-right of LA

Young ideologues are now swelling the ranks of a graying white supremacist party in Southern California — a cohort that believes their time is nigh.

What Facebook did to media literacy in America

While Facebook can't be blamed for false headlines, the company did little to stop them from spreading this election season.

For one evangelical leader, President-elect Trump an imperfect champion in faith fight

For Jim Garlow, senior pastor at Skyline Church, Donald Trump represents a step in the right direction.

Millennials see a more diverse, unified future for American politics

The election revealed just how differenly Americans feel about the direction of the country. Now, members of the next generation are planting the seeds of change.

Healing America: Faith leaders reflect on unity after the election

The presidential race uncovered deep divisions in the nation. A look at how SoCal's faith communities plan to repair the rift.

California's future under a Trump presidency

Regardless of who wins the presidency, there are a lot of issues important to California: trade, immigration and energy/environment.

Awkward no more: Election-fueled rifts could soon cease

For many, tomorrow marks the end of uncomfortable and sometimes stressful conversations with friends and family over issues that have polarized the country.

Is it time to retire the term 'black film'?

What makes a movie a black film? The cast? The director? The storyline? Or none of the above?

Combatting racial bias in the sharing economy

Discrimination in the global marketplace is nothing new: the ability to measure how often it happens and call out offenders is.

Two groups, one community: USC report explores South LA's demographic shift

Once predominantly African American, Latinos now make up the majority of South LA. Shared experiences have bonded the groups in some unique ways, the report reveals.

'Eagle Huntress' director Otto Bell on the documentary that pretty much wrote itself

On day one of filming, 13-year-old Aishol-pan took a new eagle from its mother's nest on a Kazakh mountainside. Bell was hooked.

As Vine is cut, a look at video tech through the decades

The shutdown of the video site Vine shows just how rapidly market demands can evolve. Take Two takes a look at the past, present, and future of our home movies.

California spent nearly $21 billion on incarceration and crime in 2015

Despite recent reforms, the state and county spent $15 billion on incarceration and nearly $6 billion responding to criminal acts.

Pentagon ordered to stop taking back National Guard signing bonuses

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to stop its efforts to collect repayment from members of the California National Guard who had received enlistment bonuses for signing during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.