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.

Pages

Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

This Week in Oklahoma Politics: Elections, Education and Executions

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the primary runoffs on Tuesday, the State Board of Education starting the process of creating new school standards and a lawsuit by media groups over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.

Read more
On Tap
10:56 am
Thu August 28, 2014

KOSU's On Tap for August Focuses on Education

Brett Dickerson

The August discussion of KOSU's On Tap at Picasso's Cafe in Oklahoma City's Paseo District focused on education.

This comes after the State Board of Education formed a steering committee to design a process to create new school standards following the repeal of Common Core.

KOSU's Michael Cross moderates the discussion with panelists Stillwater Superintendent Ann Caine and Joel Robison, Superintendent Janet Barresi's Chief of Staff.

Read more
Education
7:40 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The Future of School Standards in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Board of Education is meeting today to discuss the future of standards after the legislature repealed Common Core last May.

The board twice voted to delay the process in meetings this summer, but a vote is expected today to move the plan forward.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports in the third part of our series on education standards in Oklahoma.

After a lengthy discussion at last month’s school board meeting, members voted five to one to table the new standards process till the next meeting.

“The Chair votes 'No'.”

Read more
Education
7:40 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Schools Deal With Fallout Following Death of Common Core

Education standards in Oklahoma remain in a holding pattern with the death of Common Core by the state legislature in May.

House Bill 3399 required all schools return to Priority Academic Student Skills Standards, also known as PASS, until new standards could be developed.

But, as KOSU’s Michael Cross shows us, not all schools are choosing to throw Common Core into the dumpster.


Read more
This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Looking Ahead to the Runoffs

An all new season of This Week in Oklahoma Politics starts with your host KOSU's Michael Cross along with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill.

With the Runoffs coming up on Tuesday, Ryan and Neva talk about the Democratic race for Superintendent as well as the Republican and Democratic races for Congressional District 5 in central Oklahoma.

They also talk about news that Representative Joe Dorman raised $28,000 more than Governor Fallin in the latest reporting period.

Read more
State Superintendent Race
7:40 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Education Professionals Vie for State Superintendent Democratic Nomination

John Cox (left) and Freda Deskin (right)

Starting this January, a new person takes charge of every public school in Oklahoma and an education system which appears to be in limbo.

The new state superintendent will manage a department tasked with creating new statewide school standards after common core was repealed.

He or she also faces a two year hiatus on Third grade reading retention and a controversial A through F school grading program.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Democrats still desperately want your vote for the job in the upcoming runoff.

Read more
House District 89
3:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Runoff Winner Takes House Seat in OKC

Mary Sosa (left) and Shane Stone (right)

A runoff election in Oklahoma City will decide the winner between two Democrats as no Republican is challenging.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports on House District 89.

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff is replacing term limited Democratic Representative Rebecca Hamilton.

Building Superintendent Shane Stone is keeping busy on the campaign trail after garnering 32% of the vote in the primary.

He says one of his favorite things he’s been able to do is park clean ups.

Read more
Election in One of Largest House Districts
8:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Republican Ranchers Campaign for Runoff Votes

Kenny Bob Tapp (left) and Casey Murdock (right)

A couple of ranchers are hoping to win a state house seat in one of the largest districts in Oklahoma.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the two Republicans hope to be the voice of the panhandle and northwest Oklahoma.

Fourth generation rancher Kenny Bob Tapp has been hitting the campaign trail since coming in second in the primary for House District 61.

Tapp says he’s been heavily involved in the Republican Party for the past ten years.

Read more
GOP Candidates Face No Democratic Challenger
7:40 am
Thu August 21, 2014

OKC Metro State Senate Race Ends on Tuesday

Stephanie Bice (left) and Mark Thomas (right)

The race to fill an outgoing state Senator ends on Tuesday during the runoff.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports two Oklahoma City metro area Republicans are running with no Democratic opponent.

Stephanie Bice of Edmond works as the Business Development Director at Smirk New Media in Oklahoma City

She says she’s been knocking doors in the new district redrawn in 2010 which includes parts of north Oklahoma City, Deer Creek, Piedmont and Yukon.

Read more
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.

Read more

Pages