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

Trevor Noah: When comedy offends

The new host of the Daily Show has some Twitter skeletons in his closet. Should comedians be given a pass when it comes to offensive stereotypes?

Will Jay-Z’s ‘Tidal’ sink or swim?

Entertainment mogul Jay-Z is not just a businessman; he’s a business.

San Quintin produce pickers return to work amid strike

The two-week strike cost growers millions. So why did workers give in before their demands were met?

The revolution will be live streamed

Two new video-streaming apps could change your definition “live” news.

The hefty price of replacing LA’s pipes

An L.A. Times review of the Department of Water and Power report revealed that it could cost as much as $15 billion dollars to fix the city’s aging pipe system.

Oklahoma University sends SAE packing after racist chant goes viral

Members of Oklahoma University’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon have until midnight tonight to pack up and get out of the frat house.

Old battery likely complicated search for MH 370

The mystery of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 might have been solved if it weren’t for a dead battery.

Wal-Mart and Mexico team up to improve farmworker conditions

Two months after an investigative series published in the LA Times took an in-depth look at Mexican farm workers struggling to survive in labor camps, Wal-Mart and Mexico’s government are joining forces to improve the lives of the country’s workers.

The new Facebook feature that lets you manage your digital afterlife

What becomes of our digital lives once we die?

3 Muslim students murdered; Community now searches for motive

A shooting that left three young Muslims dead is shaking the North Carolina community of Chapel Hill.

Leukemia survivor’s dad wants unvaccinated students to stay home

A case of measles could be fatal for six-year-old leukemia survivor Rhett Krawitt. Now his father is asking school officials to send unvaccinated kids home.

Rialto considers Cuban sister city

The city of Rialto is reaching out to the our long-embargoed island neighbor in hopes of forging a special relationship with one of its cities--a sisterly bond, to be exact.

'Affirmative consent' becomes law on college campuses statewide

The way California collegiates “hook up” was changed with the stroke of a pen this past September, the moment Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 967 into law.