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

Classical music with holocaust ties comes to LA

The performance of Polish, Jewish works comes just weeks after the country made it illegal to intimate that the state was complicit in Nazi crimes.

Generation Z just might transform America

They're young, realistic and media savvy. Here's how Generation Z could shape the country and the world.

'Dangerous' people could get guns taken under proposed bill

A new bill could expand the gun violence restraining order system already on the books, allowing colleagues and school staff to report dangerous persons.

Mendoza sues, Garcia stews: Sacramento's #MeToo takes some unexpected turns

Oh yeah, and there's a new candidate in the California governor's race. It's been a busy week for California politics.

School safety: What works and what doesn't

School shootings are part of our reality in America. One security expert says prevention should always be top of mind for school administrators and students.

These LA love stories will give you all the feels

Four heartwarming tales that can only happen in the City of Angels.

What happens to Sacramento's #MeToo movement after Garcia accusations?

Today on State of Affairs:

Snag a piece of SoCal history at the antiquarian book fair

Looking for an LAPD ledger from 1925? How about a block-by-block sketchbook of L.A.'s streets from 1896? This antiquarian book fair has both.

What's next for Democrats hoping to find a fix for DACA recipients?

Democrats in the House aren't happy that the new budget package contains no fix for DACA. Some fear they're losing their leverage.

Dem dollars: CA's GOP lawmakers are up against a wave of blue money

At least half of 14 incumbent Republicans were outraised by opponents in 2017. But is money an indicator of future success?

LA Times sold to local billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong

The L.A.-based physician spent $500 million for the newspaper, ending its rocky relationship with parent company Tronc, which owns the Chicago Tribune.

Whistleblower protection bill likely resurrected by #MeToo movement

Assemblywoman Melendez's bill to shield whistleblowers in the legislature was shelved in the Senate four times. On Thursday, lawmakers passed it unanimously.

Finding memo: CA lawmakers spar ahead of document dump

The fight over a controversial memo has put two California members of Congress in the spotlight.

Does Trump's new DACA plan have a chance?

The framework released Thursday has detractors on both sides of the political aisle — so is there room for compromise?

How the DACA debate is playing out in California

Was Senator Dianne Feinstein feeling pressure from the left when she voted against a stopgap funding bill? Plus, other political news from the Golden State this week.