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

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tread fine lines tonight

The two have long struggled with high negative marks. Tonight, their biggest challenge might be playing down the attributes voters find odious.

A Nation Engaged: Will the bump in minimum wage raise people out of poverty?

By 2020, LA minimum wage will hit $15 and hour. KPCC's Ben Bergman spoke to workers in Seattle, where hourly pay has already been raised.

Hillary Clinton's message to disabled workforce particularly pertinent in California

The state has the must sub-minimum wage job sites in the country, where workers with disabilities earn as little as 20 cents an hour.

Former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould 'makes sense' of life as an aging icon

Mould headlines at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend alongside Ezra Klein and BLOC PARTY.

A tale of 2 Californias: Hmong farmers flounder, Silicon Beach flourishes

Years of drought threaten the livelihood of Fresno's Hmong Farmers, while developers in Silicon Beach are riding high. Take Two delves into Dickensian dynamic.

Wells Fargo CEO apologizes to Senate committee, promises changes

The San Francisco-based bank opened millions of superfluous accounts, applied for unauthorized credit cards, and forged customer signatures.

Median incomes up in LA, but housing costs remain prohibitive

Housing costs have risen far faster than wages in LA, and that has made dreams of a middle-class lifestyle particularly elusive for city-dwellers.

When sugar beat science: The decades-old study that doomed our diets

What happens when you combine Harvard researchers, money, and an unscrupulous trade group? Answer: a massive conflict of interest.

The perils and the pitfalls of moderating presidential forums, as demonstrated by Matt Lauer

The Today host faces flack after his prime-time sitdowns with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Wednesday evening. His performance has given rise to a new hashtag.

Dallas paper's Clinton endorsement is 'huge,' but little surprise to Texans

The nod might be more of a move against Donald Trump than a thumbs-up to Clinton.

The US-China climate pact is a big deal, even for environmental leader California

The Golden State has led the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Now the energy sector can impart its knowledge on a global scale.

SoCal descendant of Georgetown slaves says university's plan 'falls short'

In 1838, Georgetown University fell on hard times. The school was in debt and in danger of closing. That's when the founders—two Jesuit priests—did the unthinkable.

Politics as (un)usual: Clinton, Trump and the debates that could change the race

But by now voters have seen and heard a lot from the presidential candidates. A political roundtable looks at the potential impact of the upcoming debates.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's media strategies say a lot about the candidates

For example, it's been about 270 days since Clinton last held a press conference. In that time, Trump has held 17.

A Nation Engaged: Months after terror, Police Chief leery of political rhetoric

Jarrod Burguan was at the helm of the San Bernardino Police Department in December when a gruesome terror attack left 14 dead. He shared his thoughts with Take Two.