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

Vietnamese immigrant hopes Trump will protect others like him from deportation

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained more than 200 Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants last month, irrespective of protections already in place.

Hollywood's American Legion wants SoCal vets to think of the post as home

Post 43 has been a sanctuary for combat veterans since it opened in the late 1920s. Now a new generation is overseeing multi-million dollar modernization.

Pricey pot: Bud buyers can expect steep taxes in 2018

One estimate says buyers could pay up to 70% above sticker price for legal marijuana.

This old missile site might have saved LA during the Cold War

Now rusty, the Nike missile site known as "LA-55" has been frozen in time since 1974. Here's what it looks like today.

Las Vegas resigned in the wake of another mass shooting

"It feels like this is the way it is, and people just moved on," Las Vegas public radio's Joe Schoenmann tells Take Two.

State of Affairs: Harassment in the capital gets called out

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra is facing calls to step down after revelations that he groped a longtime aide.

Fire and rain: Wine country storm could cause toxic runoff in burn zones

Officials in Northern California are taking steps to prevent runoff from burned homes from seeping into storm drains.

Protests and pepper spray: Yiannopoulos comes to Cal State Fullerton

At one point, the audience interrupted the provocateur's speech to chant "build the wall" for several minutes, says one student.

Milo Yiannopoulos is coming to Cal State Fullerton — and that's fine by administrators

A university representative tells Take Two that it's contrary to the role of higher education to shut down speech, even if it's objectionable.

SOA: Kevin de León hires investigators, gas tax politics, Steyer vs Trump?

What's behind one California billionaire's push to impeach President Trump?

This new college Republican leader is ready for a fight

Ariana Rowlands, a Breitbart contributor and Milo Yiannopoulos ally, plans to expand conservatism on campuses, even if it means clashing with administrators.

After a bruising election, what's next for the California College Republicans?

The California College Republicans chose a leader Saturday — but the process wasn't without controversy.

State of Affairs: Billionaire eyes Feinstein's Senate seat, Bannon comes to Anaheim

Democratic power player Tom Steyer has the money needed to run — but will he?

Playa del Rey ditches its controversial road diet

It worked well in Mar Vista. And Silver Lake. And San Pedro. What went wrong in Playa del Rey?

Christine Pelosi: Money, power, access fuel harassment in Sacramento

The Democratic leader is calling on lawmakers to disclose harassment complaints against capitol staff and an outside committee to investigate claims.