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 March 27, 2015

County Commissioner Association, LGBT License Tag & Teacher Rally

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about an investigation of wrongdoing at the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the state refusing to give a man a license tag which supports same sex rights an an upcoming teacher rally at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses news that Congressman Jim Bridenstine paid a tea party leader $64,000 for six months on a "confidential" issue and the State Senate gives $217,000 raises to its staff.

Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Fri March 27, 2015

SUPER! BitCon Returns to Oklahoma City

The retro gaming event SUPER! BitCon is coming back to Oklahoma City for its second year. Whether you're into table top, cards or video, it's all about the games this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross sits down with organizers Brandon Cole Phillips and David Sollars about the celebration.

You can find out more information at SuperBitCon.com.

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

SAE Lawyer, Teachers' Union Bill & Botched Execution Documents

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 local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

Arts & Culture
1:48 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Two Elephants Coming to the OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is getting two elephants from a the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle despite criticism from animal activists in the northwest.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to zoo spokesperson Tara Henson about the move.


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

OU Video, Ten Commandments & Vouchers

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant talk about the fallout over a racist video from a now former OU fraternity and a Federal judge dismissing a lawsuit against the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol.

Plus, Oklahoma's two Senators sign a letter to Iran regarding the treaty being worked up by President Obama, the author of a bill to create Education Savings Accounts removes his legislation and a bill ending state-issued marriage licenses in Oklahoma passes the House.

Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Paint the Town Green at the O'City Parade

Oklahoma City is getting ready for a huge St. Patrick's Day celebration this weekend in Bricktown.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Bricktown District Manager Mallory O'Neill about the party which has something for all ages.

The O'City Parade takes place all over downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m.

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

Controversial Bills, Earthquakes & Wind Farms

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Morning Edition host Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about bills which failed to make it out of committee before deadline, and local chambers of commerce raising concerns about controversial bills making national headlines.

The trio also discuss an investigation which find Oklahoma earthquake experts might have known for years about a connection between tremors and the oil and gas industry and new regulations on wind farms in the state.

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".

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

Budget Shortfall, Education Savings Accounts & 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.

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