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, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about President-elect Donald Trump naming Governor Mary Fallin as vice-chair for his transitional team and possibly considering her as Interior Secretary. Trump is also talking to other Oklahomans like Attorney General Scott Pruitt and former State House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

On this Giving Tuesday, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits is asking you not to forget your local organizations.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with VP of External Affairs Daniel Billingsley to find out exactly what Giving Tuesday is and why it's so important.

KOSU is also taking part in Giving Tuesday you can donate to your favorite public radio station here.

People from all over the country are flocking to the northern Oklahoma town of Pawhuska to see the new Mercantile created by the Pioneer Woman.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with Ree Drummond on Black Friday about the new store and restaurant.

You can see more on the Pioneer Woman Mercantile Facebook page and on the website

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Will Rogers World Airport is encouraging patience as 85,000 passengers are expected through Sunday.

Spokesperson Karen Carney says if you're flying arrive at least an hour and a half before departure not just for security and ticket lines, but cutoff varies for airlines sometimes up to 45 minutes before takeoff.

"If you're not checked in or if your bags not checked in prior to that airline's cutoff time, either you or your bag could potentially miss your flight, so we always encourage people to check the airline in which you are flying. What their cutoff time is."

While buying gifts for the holidays don’t forget your local retailers for Small Business Saturday.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Sean Rose with the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma about why it's important to Shop Small.

The event can be found via social media through the hashtag #ShopSmall.

You can also visit the BBB website to see a list of accredited businesses in the OKC area.

The National Weather Center is issuing a Freeze Warning for tonight into tomorrow morning.

Temperatures across the northern parts of the state are expected to drop into the middle 20s and to the lower 30s in the southern sections near the Texas state line.

Officials say the freezing temperatures could kill plants and other tender vegetation left out doors or unprotected.

They say today is a good time to cover potted plants or bring them indoors, and pets should be brought inside overnight as well.

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 fate of teacher raises and funding for education after Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly defeated a state question to provide a penny sales tax to fund those things.

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AAA expects more than 615,000 Oklahomans to travel this Thanksgiving Day weekend, an increase of 1.3% over last year.

Spokesman Chuck Mai says improvements in the economy are encouraging people in the state to hit the road.

"The consumer confidence index is showing some improvement. A lot of folks are thinking better about their future economically, wages are rising, consumer spending is increasing and gas prices are pretty good. We're still about 12 cents below where we were last year."

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Lawmakers with the 56th Legislature are taking their oaths of office Wednesday, and a civic-minded nonpartisan group is asking you to come out and watch.

Let's Fix This Executive Director Andy Moore tells KOSU's Michael Cross the event known as "Hall & Oaths" is about getting the next legislative session started out on the right foot.

You can find out more on the Let's Fix This Oklahoma website.

The OKC Midtown Rotary is getting a first look at a new high school dance floor it helped purchase.

Giving Chair Ian Dauteuill says many in his group were hearing from students about the importance of the dance program at the Oklahoma City school.

"The only reason some of these students are coming to school and staying involved in school is because they love this dance program so much."

But he says the original dance floor at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City had become dangerous.

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