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
8:50 am
Fri January 23, 2015

State of the Union, Medicaid Expansion & Teacher Pay

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and, sitting in for Ryan Kiesel, Oklahoma Policy Institute Executive Director David Blatt.

The trio discusses the President's State of the Union Address, the decision by the Governor to not use Medicaid Expansion money for low income Oklahomans and raising teacher pay.

They also talk about possible cuts in the energy sector and Republicans outnumber Democrats for the first time in state history.

Headlines
7:55 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Headlines: Flu Deaths, Guns for Lawmakers & Cold Beer

Headlines for Friday, January 23, 2015:

  • Health officials are still urging people to get the flu shots as the death toll rises. (NewsOK)

  • A bill under consideration this year would allow lawmakers to carry guns into the capitol. (Journal Record)

  • A state lawmaker is crafting legislation allowing liquor stores to refrigerate high point-beer. (Tulsa World)

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Headlines
8:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Headlines: Texas Pollution, La Luna & Teacher Emergency

Headlines for Thursday, January 22, 2015:

  • Pollution from Texas is invading our airspace and covering a protected southwest mountain range. (Oklahoma Gazette)

  • A popular downtown Mexican restaurant is closing its doors forever. (Journal Record)

  • Oklahoma stands ready in the event of an Ebola outbreak. (NewsOK)

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Local News
7:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A List of School Closings

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Boise City Public Schools

No School/Essential Personnel Report Today

Burns Flat-Dill City Public Schools

Closed Today

Canute Public Schools

Closed Today

Cheyenne Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

Cordell Public Schools

Closed Today

Elk City Public Schools

Closed/Activities Canceled Today

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Headlines
8:35 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Headlines: SDE Firings, Oklahoma Health & State of the Union Reactions

Headlines for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s new superintendent fires three more staff members who worked under Janet Barresi. (NewsOK)

  • The future of high stakes testing in Oklahoma belongs to parents. (Tulsa World)

  • The leader of the state Senate admits Oklahoma’s teachers are underpaid. (NewsOK)

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Headlines
8:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Headlines: Tax Cuts, Good Behavior & Centenarians

Headlines for Tuesday, January 20, 2015:

  • For the fifth year in a row a state Senator proposes more cuts to personal income taxes. (Journal Record)
     
  • A bill coming up in the next legislative session hopes to crack down on inmate behavior. (Tulsa World)

  • While state leaders might support justice reform, it might be too costly to achieve. (NewsOK)

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New and Returning State Leaders for Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary Fallin and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. 

The trio also discusses a judges ruling which could impact the 2013 GOP overhaul of the Workers' Compensation System and a plan by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to use Medicaid expansion money for low-income uninsured Oklahomans.

Headlines
8:16 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Headlines: Warner Execution, GOP Voters & Education Money

Headlines for Friday, January 16, 2015:

  • Oklahoma executes its first person since a botched lethal injection in April. (NewsOK)

  • For the first time in State History Republican voters outnumber Democrats. (NewsOK)

  • Schools across the state are getting word of a budget change from the State Department of Education. (Tulsa World)

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Local News
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Demolishing OKC Buildings & Prison Overcrowding

Headlines for Thursday, January 15th, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is moving forward with an execution tonight. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is looking at demolishing nine buildings near downtown. (Journal Record)

  • The Cherokee Nation plans to provide millions for a hospital in Tahlequah. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin creates a panel to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Headlines: Norman Water, Tulsa Flights & OKC Food

Headlines for Wednesday, January 14th, 2015:

  • Norman residents approve a water rate hike. (NewsOK)

  • Options for new destinations are increasing at Tulsa International Airport. (Journal Record)

  • School officials in Minco are closing the district for the rest of the week. (Chickasha Express Star)

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