Michael Cross

Student Coordinator/Reporter

Michael Cross has worked as the state capitol bureau chief for KOSU for seven years.  While he still keeps up with the capitol and does some reporting, his roles have changed.  He's now working as KOSU's student coordinator and is training the next generation of reporters.  He came to KOSU after several years in broadcast media. His last position was with KTOK in Oklahoma City. He has also worked with 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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Profiling the CD5 Race
7:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Two Democrats Hope to Move on to November

  In about three week Democrats and Republicans from Congressional District Five in central Oklahoma are voting in runoffs to decide their nominees.

Congressman James Lankford is leaving the seat open to run for Senate.

In the first part of our series on CD5, KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the two Democrats hoping to win the nomination for a seat which has been in Republican hands for nearly 40 years.

It’s Wednesday night and the Brennan Society is meeting at Johnnie’s in Edmond to hear from a speaker on abolishing the death penalty in Oklahoma.

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Decision came in Less Than Four Hours
5:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Supreme Court Upholds Bill Banning Common Core

A packed Supreme Court chamber awaits arguments on HB3399
Credit Michael Cross

It took less than four hours for the State Supreme Court to hand down its verdict on the bill to repeal common core.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports despite opponents arguing the bill is an overreach of the state legislature, the Justices found it constitutional.


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Joe Dorman Proposes Tapping Franchise Tax
3:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Governor Candidate Announces Education Plan

Credit KWGS

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman unveils his “Classrooms First” proposal for education in Oklahoma during an announcement in Tulsa Thursday.

He wants to use revenue from the state franchise tax for education funding.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding. This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential.”

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Treasurer says FY2014 up 4% from 2013
4:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Agencies Take Cuts Despite Increase in Tax Collections

This chart shows the monthly gross receipts to the Office of the State Treasurer from July 2013 to June 2014.
Credit Office of the State Treasurer

Oklahoma’s revenue collections for the 2014 fiscal year ended on a high note at the end of last month with receipts coming in more than 4% above June of 2013.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross reports, while the money keeps coming in, state agencies continue to feel the pinch.

Most state agencies saw a reduction of more than 5% from lawmakers and the governor at the end of the 2014 session and recently 66 agencies were reduced another 0.12%.

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Same Sex Marriage, Rep. Armes & Primary Elections
8:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Gay Marriage Ruling This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill about the ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals saying state's cannot make laws banning same sex marriage.

They also talk about a recent article in the Journal Record regarding Rep. Don Armes and possible impropriety with two Department of Environmental Quality to reduce funding for the agency and undermine its new leadership.

The primary elections saw Joy Hofmeister defeat State Superintendent Janet Barresi without a runoff.

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Earn College Credit
10:50 am
Wed June 25, 2014

KOSU Seeks Interns for 2014 Fall Semester

Credit Flickr / alebonvini

KOSU is looking for college students who want to join the station as part of a program for the upcoming semester.

Students can attend any college and use the experience as internship, practicum or independent study credits.

Classes will be held once a week in Oklahoma City and Stillwater.

Students will also be producing original news content for on air and online, just like the following students.

Chloe Charlton's story on OSU ballet honoring Maria Tallchief:

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics Looks at Elections
8:40 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Governor Gets Some Exemptions to Open Records

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSUs Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a judges ruling that the Governor has some exemptions when it comes to the Open Records Act.

Conversation then moves to the primary elections already underway starting with the State Superintendent.

The trio then looks at the Senate race to fill Tom Coburn's seat and the Congressional race to fill the seat being vacated by James Lankford.

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INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe wants to get everyone active
7:40 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Helping Oklahomans with Disabilities

Ray Utter gets into a special kayak on the Oklahoma River

A debilitating injury or illness leading to physical or mental limitations can feel like the end of the world, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way.

The folks at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation want to show that people can still enjoy their passions despite disabilities.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to Adaptive Leisure.

It’s a beautiful afternoon at the Devon Boathouse on the Oklahoma River as kids bring kayaks and needle canoes to the water.

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Rulings Soon on Same Sex Marriage, Birth Control
8:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

A Couple of Court Decisions From Oklahoma

Oklahomans are keeping a close eye on a couple of court cases being mulled over right now.

In this week’s 23rd & Lincoln, The Journal Record’s Marie Price talks about the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals looking into Same Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court deciding on birth control and Hobby Lobby store.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol JRLR.net.

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A new mobile APP for Food Trucks to get customers
7:40 am
Mon June 16, 2014

APP Connects Food Trucks with Hungry Customers

If you’ve ever been craving a delicacy from a certain food truck in Oklahoma City, you know how difficult it can be to know where it’s located at any given time.

Well apparently there’s now an app for that.

KOSU’s Michael Cross talks with Josh DeLozier about his new product to connect mobile vendors to hungry customers.

Josh says the app is simple and easy to use for food truck owners and workers who don’t have time to spend on social media.

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