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

Mom and daughter delegates pushing for different candidates

Meet the Fowlers. Mom Carolyn backs Clinton. Daughter Dallas supports Sanders. Both are in Philly this week. Will they find common ground?

California view: 5 things to watch for at the Democratic National Convention

The theme for this first day is "United Together," but how do you do that in the midst of yet another email scandal?

'I've got nothing but acceptance from the party,' says Latino Trump delegate

Two Latino Republicans: two very different views on the state of the party. Take Two spoke to both.

Donald Trump's tough talk on terror could help him in November

Recent violence at home and abroad could attract voters to Trump's "tough guy" persona, but one expert says too much tenacity could be a liability.

How exactly will Donald Trump 'make America work again?'

If the Republican presidential nominee hopes to win over undecided conservatives, the Cleveland Convention may be his best and last chance.

One of California's youngest delegates arrives at Republican convention

UC Berkeley senior Claire Chiara is a Trump delegate and proud of it. The reason? His views on the LGBTQ community.

3 reasons why Trump-Pence is a thing now

Hint: It was a unique and strategic choice for presumptive nominee Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Terror factors in France not very different from US, expert says

The truck attack in Nice, France that left scores dead highlights the challenges that come with protecting the nation's many soft targets.

LA's Day of Dialogue a safe space for civilians and officers alike

In Exposition Park Wednesday, LAPD officers, and residents gathered for Days of Dialogue, a safe space for conversations between the community and law enforcement.

Former MLK speechwriter and young activist discuss the future of black activism

Leadership in the black community today bears little resemblance to the movements of the 1960s. Take Two explores the new faces of leadership.

Burdened, tired, motivated: Community leaders reflect on a week of racial tension and bloodshed

Organizers in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Minneapolis share stories of triumph and disaster in the wake of tragedy.

Local AME minister: ‘Division and separation have never brought healing’

Questions of race and the value of a single life have taken center stage after a polarizing week of bloodshed and frustration in the country.

Black Lives Matter attorney: 'The movement will not be distracted'

Los Angeles attorney Nana Gyamfi takes a controversial stance in the wake of the Dallas Police shooting, insisting the killings won't sidetrack black activists.

Trauma on replay: Grieving when your loved one is national news

Behind each headline is a community in disbelief. How does all that attention (and sometimes scrutiny) impact the families and friends of those killed?

No full US troop drawdown in Afghanistan during Obama presidency

Obama promised to end the war in Afghanistan by the end of his presidency. Now, any future decisions will fall to his successor.