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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The Race for HD88
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Another Democrat to Take OKC House Seat

Paula Sophia (left) and Jason Dunnington (right)

An Oklahoma City House District runoff between two Democrats will decide the new representative for the area with no Republican opponent.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the upcoming election in House District 88.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Paula Sophia and Oklahoma City University sociology professor Jason Dunnington are vying for Kay Floyd’s House seat.

Sophia, a transgendered candidate, says she spent the past two decades as a part of HD 88.

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Runoff Election
8:54 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Two Republicans Vying for Tulsa County Seat

Chuck Strohm (left) and Melissa Abdo (right)

A Republican runoff election for House District 69 in Tulsa County will determine a new Representative at the State Capitol.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports with no Democratic challenger, both candidates are touting their conservative principals to voters.

Electrical Engineer Chuck Strohm got 31% of the vote in June’s primary, but since then he has been endorsed by several different state conservative groups.

He says since the election he’s been getting out and meeting the voters.

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Vying to Replace Rep. Dale DeWitt
10:55 am
Tue August 19, 2014

A Race for Northern OK's House District 38

Retired Marine Corporal John Pfeifer (left) and retired educator Harold LeValley (right).

Facing no Democratic challengers, a couple of northern Oklahoma Republicans will face off to see who will be elected as a new state representative.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the men who will replace outgoing term limited lawmakers, Dale DeWitt.

The large House District 38 includes mostly rural area with the biggest city, Blackwell, having under seven-thousand people.

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Congressional District 5 - Republican Runoff
7:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Two Candidates Vying for GOP Nod in CD5

Patrice Douglas (left) and Steve Russell (right)

Candidates for Congressional District Five in Central Oklahoma are making a final push to get out the vote for the runoff election in about a week.

The winner hopes to replace Congressman James Lankford who is running for Senate.

A couple of weeks ago, we introduced the two Democrats in the race, today we look at the Republicans.

KOSU’s Michael Cross introduces us to the candidates with experience in both the private and public sectors.

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U.S. Senate
7:40 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Two Very Different Democrats Running for US Senate

In just a couple of weeks, Democrats across Oklahoma are voting in the primary runoff for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.

The winner of the runoff faces a tough challenge in Congressman James Lankford who won the Republican Party nomination in June.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the two people vying for a seat which hasn’t been held by a Democrat since the 1990s.

It’s early morning in Midwest City and a 79-year-old man in a red sweatshirt and cap stands on the corner waving to passing motorists.

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Congressional District 5
7:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Two Democrats Hope to Move on to November

Al McAffrey (left) and Tom Guild (right)

In about three week Democrats and Republicans from Congressional District Five in central Oklahoma are voting in runoffs to decide their nominees.

Congressman James Lankford is leaving the seat open to run for Senate.

In the first part of our series on Congressional District 5, KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on the two Democrats hoping to win the nomination for a seat which has been in Republican hands for nearly 40 years.

It’s Wednesday night and the Brennan Society is meeting at Johnnie’s in Edmond to hear from a speaker on abolishing the death penalty in Oklahoma.

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Decision came in Less Than Four Hours
5:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

State Supreme Court Upholds Bill Banning Common Core

A packed Supreme Court chamber awaits arguments on HB3399
Credit Michael Cross

It took less than four hours for the State Supreme Court to hand down its verdict on the bill to repeal common core.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports despite opponents arguing the bill is an overreach of the state legislature, the Justices found it constitutional.


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Joe Dorman Proposes Tapping Franchise Tax
3:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Governor Candidate Announces Education Plan

Credit KWGS

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Dorman unveils his “Classrooms First” proposal for education in Oklahoma during an announcement in Tulsa Thursday.

He wants to use revenue from the state franchise tax for education funding.

"This will be set aside and earmarked completely for classroom funding. This will not go to salaries. It will not go to administrative costs. It will go to the tools needed by educators to educate those students to the level where they can achieve their highest potential.”

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Treasurer says FY2014 up 4% from 2013
4:54 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

State Agencies Take Cuts Despite Increase in Tax Collections

This chart shows the monthly gross receipts to the Office of the State Treasurer from July 2013 to June 2014.
Credit Office of the State Treasurer

Oklahoma’s revenue collections for the 2014 fiscal year ended on a high note at the end of last month with receipts coming in more than 4% above June of 2013.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross reports, while the money keeps coming in, state agencies continue to feel the pinch.

Most state agencies saw a reduction of more than 5% from lawmakers and the governor at the end of the 2014 session and recently 66 agencies were reduced another 0.12%.

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Same Sex Marriage, Rep. Armes & Primary Elections
8:40 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Gay Marriage Ruling This Week in Oklahoma Politics

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Poltical Consultant Neva Hill about the ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals saying state's cannot make laws banning same sex marriage.

They also talk about a recent article in the Journal Record regarding Rep. Don Armes and possible impropriety with two Department of Environmental Quality to reduce funding for the agency and undermine its new leadership.

The primary elections saw Joy Hofmeister defeat State Superintendent Janet Barresi without a runoff.

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