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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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Constitutional Lawsuits, Executions and Elections

KOSU's Michael Cross talks to ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about constitutional challenges to a horizontal drilling tax increase and a capitol repair bond as well as executions in the state of Oklahoma and the general election is just six weeks away.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

The Botched Execution Report Tops 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 report on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the Governor's council on earthquakes, hospitals angry over no Medicaid expansion, raising the minimum wage for waiters and the medical marijuana petition.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 5, 2014

No Child Left Behind Waivers: This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Oklahoma schools dealing with the fallout of Common Core's repeal, Governor Fallin takes two other Republicans with her on the campaign trail, Congressman James Lankford tours Central American countries and the Republican Party defends a fellow lawmaker's statements on Facebook against American Muslims.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

DOC Moving Forward with Execution Changes

Changes are coming for the way Oklahoma conducts death sentences of prisoners following a report on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.


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Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

This Week in Oklahoma Politics: Elections, Education and Executions

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the primary runoffs on Tuesday, the State Board of Education starting the process of creating new school standards and a lawsuit by media groups over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

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On Tap
10:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

KOSU's On Tap for August Focuses on Education

Brett Dickerson

The August discussion of KOSU's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District focused on education.

This comes after the State Board of Education formed a steering committee to design a process to create new school standards following the repeal of Common Core.

KOSU's Michael Cross moderates the discussion with panelists Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine and Joel Robison, Superintendent Janet Barresi's Chief of Staff.

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Education
7:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Future of School Standards in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

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Education
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Schools Deal With Fallout Following Death of Common Core

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Looking Ahead to the Runoffs

An all new season of This Week in Oklahoma Politics starts with your host KOSU's Michael Cross along with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill.

With the Runoffs coming up on Tuesday, Ryan and Neva talk about the Democratic race for Superintendent as well as the Republican and Democratic races for Congressional District 5 in central Oklahoma.

They also talk about news that Representative Joe Dorman raised $28,000 more than Governor Fallin in the latest reporting period.

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State Superintendent Race
7:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Education Professionals Vie for State Superintendent Democratic Nomination

John Cox (left) and Freda Deskin (right)

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

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