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

Ousted Google employee teams up with Republican party official

San Francisco lawyer Harmeet Dhillon is representing former Google employee James Damore now. Her firm says it's investigating Google's employment practices.

How Afghanistan veterans fight the war within

After nearly 16 years of conflict, victory in Afghanistan remains elusive. But when does the war end for a veteran?

State of Affairs: Rohrabacher calls on Assange, Gov. Brown's bonds

Political news from the Golden State.

LA's city attorney considers options to protect funds from feds

City Attorney Mike Feuer gave the Department of Justice until Friday to clarify new rules regarding certain undocumented inmates. They haven't. Now what?

State of Affairs: California's blue brings in the green, but a Dem dispute looms

Political news from the Golden State.

Air filters aren't a cure-all for those living near freeways

L.A. city air inspectors now must check new homes built near freeways for air filtration systems. But even with a filter in place, toxic fumes can get through.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Tyler, The Creator, Sean Price, Gil Scott Heron

Every week, our music experts come in to talk about the best new tunes in one short segment. This week, Oliver Wang shares his picks.

State of Affairs: New immigration bill could hit Silicon Valley, Gov. Brown tackles CA housing crisis

Political news from the Golden State.

They see me rollin': Ice cream tacos are the hot way to stay cool in SoCal

Think of them as Choco Tacos re-imagined.

No bones about it: Californians prefer cremation

Cremations made up 63.4 percent of funerals in 2015, and a new forecast says cremation rates will only keep growing — they could reach nearly 80 percent by 2030.

Changes to CA's bar exam could help students of color, immigrants

The California State Bar exam has the lowest pass rates in the country. But cutting the minimum score from 144 to 141 could boost the pass rate by 8 percent.

State of Affairs: Gov. Brown's bullet-train dream deferred? GOP targets House Dems, Calexit 2.0

It's been a pivotal week for politics in the Golden State. Here's what you may have missed.

Big pot: Marijuana lobbyists shaping the future of weed in California

Here are some issues that are front-and-center for the industry.

#SoCalSoCurious: What happens when a cemetery is full?

Sprawling, grassy estates require a lot of maintenance. Who will take on the task once the last grave is full? KPCC journalists dig in to answer the question.

Sessions' new policy on sanctuary cities could face legal challenges, expert says

The DOJ is threatening to pull federal grant money if local law agencies don't comply with federal immigration laws.