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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Local News
12:57 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Oklahoma Methodist Church Reacts to Boy Scouts Decision

Credit facebook.com/BoyScoutsofAmerica

The United Methodist Church, which hosts more Boy Scouts than any other denomination in Oklahoma, have decided how to proceed after the group opened leadership up to gay men.

Spokesman Joseph Harris says the conference is allowing individual churches to make their own decision on affiliation with the Boy Scouts or hiring leaders.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Kids Get Crash Course in Comic Books

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This weekend, DC Comics writer Sterling Gates will host a comics writing seminar for kids at three libraries in Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Gates about his interest in comics and what kind of advice he gives to aspiring writers.

The first two workshops are taking place Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Southern Oaks Library and at 4 p.m. at Capitol Hill Library, and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Edmond Library. You can find out more information at MetroLibraries.org.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu July 23, 2015

OKC Roads Costing Drivers

Credit by Jonathan Youngblood

A new report from the transportation group known as TRIP finds Oklahoma City roads are among the roughest in the nation.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Associate Director of Research and Communication Carolyn Kelly about the study.

For more on the report visit TRIPnet.org.

Local News
1:00 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Oklahoma City Homeless Numbers Decline

Credit homelessalliance.org

Oklahoma City is seeing another reduction in its homeless population, following a survey by The Homeless Alliance.

Executive Director Dan Straughan breaks down the numbers for us in this interview.

If you would like to help, you can can contact the Homeless Alliance at (405) 415-8410 or at HomelessAlliance.org.

Politics
12:43 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ten Commandments Monument Must Be Removed From Oklahoma's State Capitol

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol must be removed, as it violates the state's constitution. Opponents of the monument won the case on a 7-2 decision.

ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel explains what this means for Oklahomans.

The monument was erected in 2012, and replaced earlier this year after being destroyed when a man hit it with his vehicle.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Obamacare, GOP Director Resigns & Budget Court Challenge

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 US Supreme Court ruling in favor of Affordable Care Act supporters, the Political Director of the state Republican Party resigns after pressure from GOP officials and Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent files a lawsuit challenging he upcoming state budget.

The trio also discusses a successful petition seeking a grand jury investigation of Tulsa's sheriff, Oklahoma's Democratic Party considers the option to open its primaries to independent voters and racist pamphlets in the eastern Oklahoma town of Pryor.

This is the season finale of This Week in Oklahoma Politics, Ryan and Neva are taking a break over the summer and will return in September.

Local News
12:45 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Oklahoma Heat Causes Danger

As the heat index climbs into the triple digits, the state health department is urging Oklahomans to stay in air conditioned locations.

Laswanique Gray provides tips to anyone who needs to go outside.

"Wear a hat to cover your head and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, sunscreen is a must and sunglasses if you can. Drink plenty of water. Take plenty of breaks."

To avoid hyperthermia or overheating, Laswanique recommends drinking two to four glasses of water an hour.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Governor in Paris, OKC Gets AICCM & Budget Only Session

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin and other state officials visiting Europe to promote Oklahoma at the Paris Air Show as well as Germany and Italy and Oklahoma City inherits the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum from the state.

The trio also discuss plans to revive a bill forcing lawmakers to consider only the budget every two years and work by third parties to get candidates on the ballot in 2016.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 12, 2015

State Senator Investigation, Teachers' Union Dues & GOP Infighting

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the leadership resignations by Owasso Republican Senator Rick Brinkley who faces allegations of embezzlement and a law banning paycheck deductions for teachers' union dues comes under question when a Tulsa law firm representing 300 school districts tells them it's unenforceable.

The trio also discuss the attacks against state leaders and lawmakers from the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs concerning claims of a shrinking budget and from Republicans supporting state GOP Political Director TC Ryan who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Budget Signed, Drilling Bans Banned & the USA Freedom Act

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 Governor signing the $7.1B budget as well as the bill which bans cities and counties from banning oil and gas drilling.

The trio also discusses Oklahoma's Senators saying yes to a bill supported by President Obama: The USA Freedom Act, the decision to ban all prisoner marriages until the Supreme Court rules on same sex marriages and the ruling by the Supreme Court against Tulsa's Abercrombie & Fitch.

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