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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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.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Session Ends, Budget Issues & Drug Money

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and, sitting in for Neva Hill, Executive VP Jonathan Small about the end of the legislative session and impact of the budget passed by lawmakers.

The trio also discuss a bill which would change how drug money is handled through civil asset forfeiture and the move by Nebraska to abolish the death penalty.

Local News
4:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Budget Cuts Affecting OK Roads, Bridges

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahomans in charge of fixing the state’s rural roads and bridges are raising concerns over a state budget cutting $72 million from funding.

Randy Robinson with the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma says the money is designed to replace dilapidated and dangerous bridges across the state.

"That have been around in the 20s and 30s and 40s that are just no longer capable of holding up the loads and holding up the traffic."

Robinson says Oklahoma remains an agricultural state which is dependent on getting products to market.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 22, 2015

State Budget, the AG vs. the Supreme Court & the AG vs. the Auditor

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 $7.1B general Appropriations Bill.

The Trio also discusses Attorney General Scott Pruitt allegedly misleading the United States Supreme Court and the battle between Pruitt and State Auditor Gary Jones over cleanup at the Tar Creek Superfund Site.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gun Bills, Bond Issues & GOP Domestic Violence

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk about Governor Fallin vetoing a bill to keep cities from banning guns at events, but signs a bill allowing for guns at schools as well as two $25 million bonds for the American Indian Cultural Center in Oklahoma City and the OK POP museum in Tulsa.

The trio also discuss calls by Republicans to fire a member of the state GOP who pleaded guilty to domestic abuse and for the first time this fiscal year, general revenue collections fell below estimates.

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

Midazolam Recall, Oklahoma vs. EPA & Tulsa County Sheriff

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill  about a recall from the company which makes Oklahoma's execution drug, midazolam and the battle between Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency over power plant pollution rules.

The trio also discusses the decision by Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz to not resign, but also not seek reelection and the Southern Republican Leadership Conference brings nearly a dozen GOP presidential contenders to Oklahoma City.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Supreme Court Cases, Anti-Gay Bills & Tulsa Deputy

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talks about the two cases before the US Supreme Court: the execution drug Midazolam and same sex marriage.

The trio also discuss the only anti-gay measures to make it through the legislative process are heading to the Governor and the twists and turns in the case of the reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Deputy Vacation, Injection Wells & Norman Guns

In 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 weekly news concerning Robert Bates accused of shooting and killing an unarmed, restrained black man and the link by the Oklahoma Geological Survey between injection wells and earthquakes.

The trio also discuss Right to Farm legislation passing through the capitol and a Constitutional Convention Amendment which failed as well as a judges decision allowing Norman Music Festival goers to bring weapons.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Union Dues, Local Drilling Bans & Oil Revenue

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 signing a bill to stop teacher payroll deductions to union and possible unintentional consequences of local drilling bans impacting the federal flood insurance program.

The trio also discusses oil revenue collections drop to a 13-year low and infighting between a Republican lawmaker and the conservative State Chamber.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Teachers, Doctors and Climate Change

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Monday's teacher rally and the vote a few days earlier to ban payroll deductions to teachers' unions.

The trio also discuss the new law signed by Governor Fallin to require doctors to check an online database of prescription drugs to crack down on abuse and Oklahoma emergency officials have to make hazard plans dealing with climate change or risk losing grant money.

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