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

State of Affairs: Feinstein's reelection run

Senator Dianne Feinstein announces she'll run for re-election in 2018. At 84, Feinstein is oldest senator. Also, President Trump has yet to tweet about wildfires.

Fire claimed this Napa winery but the owner plans to rebuild

The Atlas Peak Fire destroyed Ray Signorello Jr.'s estate, but he sees a silver lining: His vines are safe.

How 'atypical' winds in Nor Cal 'drive the fire off the ridges'

And one expert says more wind is expected later this week.

How to prepare your home before fire strikes

What to do inside and outside a home that could help keep you, your family and your property safe.

Do Christians have a moral obligation to push for stricter gun controls?

"Thought and prayer only matter if it translates to action," one pastor says.

State of Affairs: Feinstein's bump stock bill, CA goes full sanctuary

Senator Dianne Feinstein took some of the first political action just days after a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas — and Republicans are paying attention.

Do strict gun control laws make us more safe?

California has some of the toughest gun laws in the country — but do they make the Golden State safer?

SOA: CA's pres. primary, SCOTUS considers unions

Governor Brown signed a bill Wednesday, moving California's presidential primary from June to March — but don't celebrate yet.

Disney's relationship with Anaheim is kinda complicated

The happiest place on earth may also be one of the busiest under the table.

Could an early presidential primary empower California Dems?

Passed by a party-line vote, a bill before Governor Brown would move our voting date up three months to March. Concerns about the bill range from the extension of election season by several months to Democrats having more of a voice in picking candidates.

One expert's advice to US, North Korea's leaders: Stop talking

President Trump and the leader he has dubbed "Rocket Man" may be burning out their fuses, but that's about it, says the director of Korean studies at USC.

State of Affairs: Pelosi protests, Sanders speaks

It's not easy being Nancy Pelosi. Also, lawmakers debate the latest Republican health bill, and Bernie Sanders barnstorms the Golden State, pushing his single-payer health care bill.

This lost Chicano mural redefined 'art' in California

The work was an urban tapestry, reflecting the diversity of Boyle Heights in the 80s. Then it was destroyed. But its loss was not in vain.

What the signing of the 'sanctuary state' bill means

A bill passed Saturday by lawmakers puts California on track to become the country's first so-called "sanctuary state."

SOA: Bill deadline, Trump's DACA dinner, Dems' rising star

Up in Sacramento, lawmakers are in high gear.