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

Jerry Brown's legacy in California: From 'Moonbeam' to mainstream

California's never seen a governor like Brown, and isn't likely to see one again anytime soon.

Any DACA legislation faces long odds

Getting the Senate and House to agree on a deal would be a tremendous feat. Crafting a plan that the President would support too? Good luck.

Frustrated and confused, SoCal DACA recipient continues to wait for change

Safir Wazed been in the US for 20 years and is now a grad student. He doesn't understand why agreeing on a permanent DACA fix is so hard.

CA Dems don't budge on DACA as shutdown looms

With no fix for Dreamers on the table, some lawmakers are threatening to block the bill, including Senator Kamala Harris.

How flu season got so bad this year

To date, the epidemic has sent thousands of Californians to the hospital. According to officials, 42 people under the age of 65 have died.

Pastor preaches message of hope to disaster-weary neighbors in Montecito

It's hard to make sense of any tragedy — especially the deadly mudslide in Montecito. But this weekend, that task fell to a handful of local faith leaders.

Candidates for California's next governor battle to separate themselves

It got heated — and personal — when the six major candidates met on stage at USC to discuss the issues facing California.

3 things to listen for at the gubernatorial town hall Saturday

It will be the first time the candidates have faced each other in public to answer questions.

How far would California's rainy day fund really go?

By mid-2019, California will have about $13.5 billion set aside for use in a recession. Given the state's size, however, how long would that money last?

Lawmaker departures are a 'canary in the mine,' expert says

The leading edge of a wave is always retirements of incumbents, Rafe Sonenshein tells Take Two.

Women, children evacuated from Sylmar shelter as rain soaks foothills

Shelter inhabitants were forced to flee last month when the Creek Fire burned the foothills.

State of Affairs: State houses team up to fight harassment in the Capitol

Why they're stronger together.

Assembly continues to explore single-payer health care

But California probably won't get the federal support it needs to overhaul its healthcare system.

High times: MedMen dispensary opens doors to recreational pot buyers

Potential customers lurked, and a bagel truck took up roost an hour before the West Hollywood shop opened.

State of Affairs: What was CA's most significant political story of 2017?

A look back at the stories that shaped California's political landscape in 2017.