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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Boeing plans a ribbon cutting on Friday for a more than 300,000 square foot laboratory at its headquarters adjacent to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

Spokesperson Lori Rasmussen says the new $80 million dollar facility will house 800 employees who will design, test and apply modernization technologies for Boeing’s legacy aircraft.

The increase in heat is raising concerns among advocates for the homeless population.

Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Staughan says to avoid heat exposure and heat stroke unsheltered individuals are finding relief where ever they can.

"Our numbers, for example, in our day shelter are way up, over 300 a day, because people can come in and be cool and get a shower and that sort of stuff. The numbers at the other shelters are the same."

This Week in Oklahoma it's the final episode before summer break. KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the primary elections including the Tulsa Mayoral race, the fate of incumbents on the state and federal level and the success of educators vying for legislative seats.

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 effect the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida has had on the debate over national security and gun rights as well as the Presidential campaign, the upcoming local, state and federal primaries June 28th and the $250,000 a year job for former Edmond Mayor and Republican Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas.

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 new practice by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to seize funds off of credit, debit and pre-paid cards, new measures signed into law by Governor Fallin and new state questions going to voters to deal with overcrowding in state prison.

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 end of the legislative session, a look at the budget passed by lawmakers, as well as bills which did and didn't make it to the governor.

The trio also discusses state questions going before voters on the November ballot and the 2016 election season switches into high gear.

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 budget given to lawmakers in the eleventh hour by the Governor and legislative leaders, a bill to counter the Obama Administrations guidelines over transgender students and bathrooms gets killed in a committee and Oklahoma joins 10 other states in filing a lawsuit over the guidelines.

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The author of a bill making abortions a felony wants to talk with Governor Mary Fallin before calling on lawmakers to override the governor’s veto.

Senator Nathan Dahm and seven other Republicans joined him during a press conference while other legislators were in conference over the budget, but he says this needs to be done as well.

"We are all working on the budget. We are all in discussions for the budget. That is our top priority as well, but we are able to work on the budget while also working on these issues that are so important to so many Oklahomans."

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 bill to increase taxes on cigarettes fails in the House as the clock starts to run out at the State Capitol to create any new revenue to fix the $1.3 billion dollar shortfall.

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 budget with two weeks left in the legislature bills to increase revenue are starting in the legislature while state agencies including health and education are making deep cuts and now a group of lawmakers want to cut all funding to the Department of Corrections over the consolidation of work centers.

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