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

With Paul Manafort gone, Donald Trump might have to 'write-off' California

But it's not too late to save the down ticket races, says Republican analyst Arnold Steinberg.

Comment sections might not be the best place to talk about race or religion

Take Two assembled a multi-ethnic panel from the world of digital media.

The Dish: Greenbar Distillery's fresh take on classic spirits

The DTLA-based factory combines unusual ingredients to create unique spirits like a whiskey aged with six different types of wood and California Poppy liqueur.

Who you root for in the Olympics this year might reveal a lot about you

For the non-sports-minded, choosing what to watch and who to root for can be a bit ambiguous, and frequently reflects a person's values.

Anti-discrimination bill a friction point for faith-based colleges, LGBTQ alum

To administrators at evangelical college Azusa Pacific, it's a question of religious autonomy. For a lesbian alum, it's about ending persecution.

Fact-checking presidential candidates who 'struggle to be truthful'

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both stretched the truth this election cycle, but even if you can prove it, how do you get voters to listen?

Lies, damned lies, and horserace polling: Why some surveys are misleading

What do all those numbers really tell us? Sometimes it's a whole lot of nothing.

Netflix and nil: Millennials just aren't as frisky as rumored

There are more ways for millennials to connect than ever, but a new study finds that when they do, fewer are going all the way.

SoCal artist uses Pee-Chee style to depict police use of force

"It's so much content to work with; it's incredible," artist Patrick Martinez says. "I can just keep on doing these things."

Young GOP: One is for Donald Trump. The other isn't. Can she be convinced?

Claire Chiara and Mary Perez are two passionate young Republicans. Claire was a Trump delegate; Mary is a member of #Never Trump. They sat down with Take Two.

Hillary Clinton's breakthrough moment was a long time coming

A look at the policies and people who paved Clinton's path to the Democratic nomination.

Uninformed? Don't vote, ethicist suggests

If you do vote, however, don't be afraid to vote for the lesser of two evils, says economic and political ethicist Jason Brennan.

Super spouses: Examining the evolution of presidential plus-ones

Candidate spouses and the role they play on the campaign trail has evolved in recent decades: each must find a balance between personal and political.

Is California Clinton's poster child for the Democratic Party?

California holds a prestigious designation at this week's convention: as a prime example of effective Democratic policies.

Dudamel on LA Phil concerts: 'This is a place of inclusion'

Gustavo Dudamel is a product of El Sistema, Venezuela's state-run music education program. He now hopes to inspire a new generation of classical music lovers.