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

Tuesday Reviewsday: Malia, Billie Eilish, Dan Auerbach

New tunes to get you through your post-holiday blues.

State of Affairs: Looming backlash for GOP lawmakers, rough week for Dems

Politics from the Golden State.

Come, all ye thirsty: A holiday gin and tonic, LA style

Flavors from the LA's vibrant and diverse communities mix and mingle in a new take on an old cocktail from Greenbar Distillery in Downtown LA.

SOA: London Breed, CA,FCC showdown looms

Housing, homelessness, and affordability will keep acting San Francisco Mayor Breed busy until the special election in June.

8-year-old's killer unlikely to see death penalty carried out anytime soon

"My best guess is it would never be carried out," says one constitutional law expert.

Bitcoin believers: Why these LA businesses take cryptocurrency

"When I take a transaction in Bitcoin, my percentage is so much less than taking a transaction from a credit card," one business owner says. His shop is one of the few spots where you can find a Bitcoin ATM in L.A.

Napa resident to victims of SoCal fires: 'I know exactly what you're feeling'

Emily Cocks lost her home to the Atlas Fire in October. Two months later, she has advice for Southern Californians facing the same ordeal. One thing she notes: "You have to allow yourself to mourn, because I do think it is a mourning process."

Fire insurance: 3 things to do if your home is damaged by fire

Dealing with the loss of a home is heartbreaking enough, but for homeowners who are already struggling, there's another complication: navigating their fire insurance policies.

Creek Fire: High rains and dry summer 'reloaded fuel' for flames

Winds coming from two directions are pushing flames toward more highly vegetated areas.

Budding biz: How one West Hollywood pot shop is preparing for legal cannabis

It's a Nordstrom! No, it's an Apple Store. It's a pot shop? MedMen's chic WeHo store is one of several preparing to sell recreational pot in 2018.

What a CVS, Aetna merger could mean for customers

A major move in the health industry over the weekend could change the healthcare landscape in Southern California.

SOA: Conservatives condemn Steinle verdict, Assembly spotlights harassment

Republican response to the verdict of an undocumented man has been heated, with President Trump taking the lead.

Few surprised that harassment persists in the Capitol

"The Capitol is having a reckoning of its own of sorts," a reporter tells Take Two.

When Nazis tried to take over LA

Law enforcement said there was nothing to worry about; one Angeleno thought otherwise.

SOA: Harassment in the House, CA GOPers vote 'no' on tax bill

The GOP's tax plan passed the House without the help of three California Republicans. Why they voted "no" when their 11 other colleagues voted "yes."