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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Politics
12:43 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ten Commandments Monument Must Be Removed From Oklahoma's State Capitol

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol must be removed, as it violates the state's constitution. Opponents of the monument won the case on a 7-2 decision.

ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel explains what this means for Oklahomans.

The monument was erected in 2012, and replaced earlier this year after being destroyed when a man hit it with his vehicle.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obamacare, GOP Director Resigns & Budget Court Challenge

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of Affordable Care Act supporters, the Political Director of the state Republican Party resigns after pressure from GOP officials and Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent files a lawsuit challenging he upcoming state budget.

The trio also discusses a successful petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa's sheriff, Oklahoma's Democratic Party considers the option to open its primaries to independent voters and racist pamphlets in the eastern Oklahoma town of Pryor.

This is the season finale of This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Ryan and Neva are taking a break over the summer and will return in September.

Local News
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Oklahoma Heat Causes Danger

As the heat index climbs into the triple digits, the state health department is urging Oklahomans to stay in air conditioned locations.

Laswanique Gray provides tips to anyone who needs to go outside.

"Wear a hat to cover your head and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunscreen is a must and sunglasses if you can. Drink plenty of water. Take plenty of breaks."

To avoid hyperthermia or overheating, Laswanique recommends drinking two to four glasses of water an hour.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Governor in Paris, OKC Gets AICCM & Budget Only Session

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin and other state officials visiting Europe to promote Oklahoma at the Paris Air Show as well as Germany and Italy and Oklahoma City inherits the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state.

The trio also discuss plans to revive a bill forcing lawmakers to consider only the budget every two years and work by third parties to get candidates on the ballot in 2016.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 12, 2015

State Senator Investigation, Teachers' Union Dues & GOP Infighting

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 leadership resignations by Owasso Republican Senator Rick Brinkley who faces allegations of embezzlement and a law banning paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues comes under question when a Tulsa law firm representing 300 school districts tells them it's unenforceable.

The trio also discuss the attacks against state leaders and lawmakers from the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs concerning claims of a shrinking budget and from Republicans supporting state GOP Political Director TC Ryan who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Budget Signed, Drilling Bans Banned & the USA Freedom Act

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Governor signing the $7.1B budget as well as the bill which bans cities and counties from banning oil and gas drilling.

The trio also discusses Oklahoma's Senators saying yes to a bill supported by President Obama: The USA Freedom Act, the decision to ban all prisoner marriages until the Supreme Court rules on same sex marriages and the ruling by the Supreme Court against Tulsa's Abercrombie & Fitch.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Session Ends, Budget Issues & Drug Money

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and, sitting in for Neva Hill, Executive VP Jonathan Small about the end of the legislative session and impact of the budget passed by lawmakers.

The trio also discuss a bill which would change how drug money is handled through civil asset forfeiture and the move by Nebraska to abolish the death penalty.

Local News
4:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Budget Cuts Affecting OK Roads, Bridges

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahomans in charge of fixing the state’s rural roads and bridges are raising concerns over a state budget cutting $72 million from funding.

Randy Robinson with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma says the money is designed to replace dilapidated and dangerous bridges across the state.

"That have been around in the 20s and 30s and 40s that are just no longer capable of holding up the loads and holding up the traffic."

Robinson says Oklahoma remains an agricultural state which is dependent on getting products to market.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

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 $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gun Bills, Bond Issues & GOP Domestic Violence

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about Governor Fallin vetoing a bill to keep cities from banning guns at events, but signs a bill allowing for guns at schools as well as two $25 million bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and the OK POP museum in Tulsa.

The trio also discuss calls by Republicans to fire a member of the state GOP who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse and for the first time this fiscal year, general revenue collections fell below estimates.

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