Michael Cross

Morning Edition host

Michael Cross has been with KOSU since 2008, working as the state capitol bureau chief for seven years, as well as KOSU's student coordinator.  While he still keeps up with the capitol and does some reporting, his roles have changed.  As of October 2014, he's now the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.

He came to KOSU after several years in broadcast media, working at KTOK, KOKH Fox 25, KOCO Channel 5 and KWTV News 9. Michael has his degree in Broadcasting and Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as an Associates in Theatre Arts from Oklahoma City Community College. One of his hobbies includes performing on the stage having spent time with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park dating back to 1989.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Conversion Therapy, Open Records & Swag

  In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about the controversial bill to protect the practice of gay conversion therapy and a measure which would have allegedly gutted Oklahoma's Open Records Act.

The trio also discusses a push by former US Senator Tom Coburn for a constitutional convention to rein in the federal government and a call by the state Finance Secretary to look into cuts in travel and "swag".

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accts & AP History

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $600 million shortfall facing lawmakers crafting the budget, and its likely impact on state agencies.

The trio also discuss the Education Savings Account bills which passed in a Senate Committee, but failed in the House.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Hiring Freeze, Field Tests and Doctor Shopping

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Fallin issuing an executive order instituting a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on pay raises and bonuses for all state agencies. They also discuss the choice by a sub-committee chairman to not hear any bills negatively impacting the budget.

The trio also talk about State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister's decision to end field tests on Oklahoma students, a bill to crack down on "doctor shopping" for prescription drugs and two bills to make the gas chamber an acceptable form of execution.

Station News
1:38 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

KOSU Adds Reporter; Names Morning Edition Host

KOSU welcomed Emily Wendler to KOSU broadcast team on February 4. Emily is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio with degrees in Geology and Journalism from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism from the University of Montana. She is a radio storyteller who excels in the development of investigative and explanatory pieces and in the analysis of data to tell stories. Emily will be based at the KOSU studios in Oklahoma City and her initial focus will be the future of education in our state.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

The 2015 Legislature Kicks Off at the Capitol

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State of the State Address given by Governor Fallin to kick off the 2015 legislative session as well as her executive budget.

Also, the trio discusses two bill killed early in the session without getting a hearing: the so-called "hoodie bill" and a bill by Representative Sally Kern allowing businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

Finally, they look at the decision by the Tulsa School Board to hire Deborah Gist as its new superintendent.

Politics
7:50 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Governor Fallin's Fifth State of the State

Credit courtesy: Joe Wertz

The 2015 legislative session kicks off today with the fifth State of the State Address from Governor Fallin starting just after noon.

KOSU’s Michael Cross got a chance to sit down with the Governor to get an idea of the subjects of the speech.

The legislative session is scheduled to run through May 29.

KOSU will be airing the State of the State Address in its entirety today, thanks to our partners at OETA starting at 12:30 p.m.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 30, 2015

A Stay of Execution and A Plan to Raise Teacher Pay

On This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the decision by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to ask for a stay of execution in the case of Richard Glossip and the plan by new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to give pay raises and add classes to the school year over the next five years.

Ryan, Neva and Michael also talk about bills expected in the upcoming legislature and the arrest of Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger.

On Tap
10:34 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Talking Politics at January's On Tap

This month's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's historic Paseo District featured a wonderful discussion on the upcoming legislative session.

Our panel featured Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel moderated by KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State of the Union, Medicaid Expansion & Teacher Pay

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The trio discusses the President's State of the Union Address, the decision by the Governor to not use Medicaid Expansion money for low income Oklahomans and raising teacher pay.

They also talk about possible cuts in the energy sector and Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in state history.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New and Returning State Leaders for Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary Fallin and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. 

The trio also discusses a judges ruling which could impact the 2013 GOP overhaul of the Workers' Compensation System and a plan by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to use Medicaid expansion money for low-income uninsured Oklahomans.

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