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 October 17, 2014

Tax Cut Bill Under Scrutiny

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the constitutional challenge of a bill to cut Oklahoma's income tax and a delay in executions.


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2014 General Election
7:40 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Independent Candidates Running for US Senate

In the race to fill the US Senate seat being defended by Jim Inhofe, three independent candidates are hoping to sway votes to their side.

None of them have much campaign money, but the freedom to avoid affiliation with a major political party allows them to get out the vote however they want.

Three very different people are hoping to play the role of spoiler when voters head to the polls in less than a month.

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2014 General Election
7:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Vying for a US Senate Seat From Oklahoma

Sen. Jim Inhofe (left) and opponent Matt Silverstein (right)

A Tulsa Democrat is facing an uphill battle as he tries to unseat a popular incumbent Oklahoma Senator who has been in the seat since 1994.

Meanwhile, the Senator in question, Jim Inhofe, isn’t even giving his opponents in the general election a second thought.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.

US Senator Jim Inhofe brings his Grummond Tiger in for a landing at Sundance Airpark near Piedmont in central Oklahoma.

He spends a lot of his time flying not just across Oklahoma, but to other places in the country helping get fellow Republicans elected to the Senate.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Reaction to Same-Sex Marriage in Oklahoma

In This Week in Oklahoma Poltics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the move by the U.S. Supreme Court which allowed for same sex marriages in Oklahoma.


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Same-Sex Marriage
11:17 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Technically Legal in Oklahoma

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The United States Supreme Court is choosing not to take up the bans on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma and four other states, which were ruled unconstitutional in lower courts.

Scott Hamilton with The Cimarron Alliance, an LGBT advocacy group, says he was surprised the high court didn't take up the issue or even make a comment.

"It does, from all accounts, appear that in Oklahoma now the stay that was issued by the The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has now been lifted with the decision of the Supreme Court today. By all accounts, marriage equality has come to Oklahoma today."

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Beheading in Moore Spurs Political Rhetoric

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the cries of terrorism coming from GOP lawmakers and the Governor in the brutal beheading in Moore.


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The 2014 Election
7:40 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Race for Lieutenant Governor

Cathy Cummings (left) and Todd Lamb (right)

This November, Oklahomans are deciding on the second in command for the executive branch of state government.

The Lieutenant Governor presides over the Senate when needed, but for the most part the position is designed to promote the state of Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports neither candidate for Lieutenant Governor faced a primary opponent, so both are looking ahead to the general election.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Alleged Nepotism at the Department of Education

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about outgoing state Superintendent Janet Barresi creating a position for the husband of her general council and the Department of Education's release of A-F grading for state schools.


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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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