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

A California lawmaker with ties to Trump could be eyeing Paul Ryan's gig

Here's a hint: The Washington Post once called him President Trump's "fixer, friend and candy man."

When Republicans resist: Sanctuary state edition

California's sanctuary laws could be handing the state's GOP a cause to rally behind.

In the eugenics era, Mexican American women were prime targets of sterilization in California

Eight decades on, a Southern California family is still haunted by what happened at a Pomona institution in the 1930s.

Mexican American musicians tackle the Dreamer debate through song

The song "Muro" by a band called The Mexican Standoff criticizes President Donald Trump and chronicles the lives of dreamers.

Sanctuary law? Feds say no, state says yes, OC says no

County officials voted to join a federal lawsuit against California and its "sanctuary laws." Now President Trump is calling them brave.

These LA hip-hop artists aren't afraid to get deep, y'all

Rappers from across LA articulate the struggles of everyday living in these new releases.

Don't worry, GOP, the Governator is here to help

Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger outlined his vision for a new CA GOP Wednesday. By his side: centrist Republican Chad Mayes and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Triple Beam Pizza brings Roman-style pies to Highland Park

The chefs behind Mozza have joined forces to bring authentic, Roman-style pizza to a rapidly-evolving foodie-friendly neighborhood.

The soul music scene is alive and well in the UK

Old school blends with new in this week's music selections. Building on the work of past jazz and soul greats, these artists show us that the kids might be alright.

Anyway, here's border wall: Trump comes to CA

If you were playing Trump-in-California bingo, you could mark "blast Governor Brown" on your card.

LA traffic is so bad this man wants to solve it with a boat

A short sea voyage instead of a gridlocked drive on the 405 — does the idea hold water?

Beyond road closures: The intense security behind Trump's CA trip

Earthquakes, wildfires, and protests are just a few of the factors that Secret Service agents have considered ahead of Trump's trip Tuesday.

What to expect when you're expecting President Trump

President Trump comes to California next week. The visit comes days after the administration sued the Golden State for its immigration laws.

What to expect when Trump visits California this month

Fresh on the heels of a legal green light, President Trump is expected to see border wall prototypes in San Diego during his trip to the Golden State.

California Dems converge on San Diego

California's majority party is throwing a party of its own in San Diego — and what happens in San Diego matters to the entire state.