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

After 2 years, students still find themselves in junior college. Why?

Santa Monica College has the highest transfer rate in California. Here's what they say ensures student success.

What's actually going on with Trump and Democrat lawmakers?

A cavalcade of confusing messages surrounding DACA followed a dinnertime meeting between President Trump and Democratic leaders.

​ Expert: Mexico would welcome Dreamers with open arms

But the former presidential advisor says that it would be best for DACA participants if they were allowed to stay in the US.

How strength in numbers affects California's DACA lawsuit

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit Monday over President Trump's decision to end the DACA program.

State of Affairs: DACA decision, Trump, Pelosi make a deal

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions set off a political shockwave in California after announcing a wind-down to DACA Tuesday. State lawmakers scrambled to protect Dreamers.

Examining how big wildfires have become big business

And Michael Kodas, author of "Megafire," says the way the U.S fights fires can lead to more of them.

How the DACA decision can impact California politics

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

With DACA's end announced, here's some advice for Dreamers

President Trump's decision about DACA hits close to home for many. In California, around 200,000 people benefit from the program.

Want universal health care for California? Be patient, says committee co-chair

A new Assembly committee, formed after the shelving of the Healthy California Act, will study universal health care in depth. But co-chair Assemblyman Jim Wood limits expectations.

Affordable housing bills near a vote, 'Dreamers' brace for DACA decision

Political news from the Golden State.

Felines, fire and a 'phantom': SoCal shares roommate stories

One way for someone to withstand the cost of living in Southern California is finding a roommate. However, as these stories from listeners can attest, actually sharing space with another person can offer a different set of challenges.

Reconciling California's (very) racist history

There are 109 federally recognized American Indian nations in California, one expert says. Several suffered at the hands of the state's earliest settlers.

Gov. Brown, Dem lawmakers, agree on affordable housing bond

Lawmakers agreed to a 4-billion dollar bond to help fund low-income housing and subsidize loans for California veterans.

State of Affairs: Assemblyman Chad Mayes gets replaced, Rendon reconsiders single-payer

Political news from the Golden State.

Stories of immigrant children as seen through blown glass

A surge of migrant minors in 2014 forms the inspiration behind a new exhibit that explores the immigrant experience through the art of blown glass.