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, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the biggest stories to come out of the summer break, especially the $140M surplus found by the state and the upcoming general election.

Oklahoma City officials are celebrating a new initiative to show calories in non alcoholic drinks.

The "Balance Calories Oklahoma" partners the Oklahoma Beverage Association and Oklahoma Grocers Association with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

The new labeling will be found on vending machines, self-serve fountain dispensers and retail coolers in convenience stores, restaurants and other locations.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with OKC Mayor Mick Cornett about his thoughts on the new program.

Organizations on the campus of Oklahoma State University are providing smoke alarms and alert devices for people with disabilities.

Nancy Trench with Fire Protection Publications says the equipment is designed specifically for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or using a mobile device.

“We install special equipment by their bed that provides a low frequency, high volume alert sound and then also it shakes the bed. There’s actual science that a bed shaker is the best way to wake any of us up.”

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Oklahoma City’s bike sharing program, Spokies OKC announces new upgrades to its bicycle sharing experience.

Program Manager Jeanne Smith says cyclists in last week’s Full Moon Bike Ride at the Myriad Gardens got a chance to view the new bicycles.

"The new bikes are more durable than the previous bikes. They also have GPS, so that we can locate the bikes."

The $304,000 in upgrades include new bike seats which are easier to adjust, front and rear hand brakes, and splash guards for a cleaner ride.

Oklahomans are voting in a variety of issues tomorrow including 13 state legislative runoffs and a runoff between Democratic candidates in Congressional District Five.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax about what people need to know for the elections.

You can get more information at the State Election Board Website.

AAA Oklahoma is helping kids get to and from school through its School Safety Patrol Program.

Spokesman Chuck Mai says in Oklahoma the organization spends 15 to 20-thousand dollars a year to equip the oldest grade level students in more than 240 elementary schools.

"The Sam Browne belts that you see the kids wear over the shoulder around the waists. Badges: We have sergeant, lieutenant and captains, as well as patrol badges. Also the literature. The care and consent cards. The membership cards."

In response to a Satanic Black Mass tonight, multiple Christian denominations are gathering at the Jesus Wept statue near the Oklahoma City Memorial for a Unity Walk and Prayer Service.

Timothy Tardibono with the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma talks to KOSU's Michael Cross about the event.

You can find more information at okfamily.org.

A 2016 Homeless survey count shows a 16% increase in people on the streets.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about the numbers gathered from the 2016 Point in Time count.

For the full Point in Time report, visit www.CoalitionToEndPoverty.org.

Nursing home advocates, “A Perfect Cause”, are holding a fundraiser next Wednesday to kick off a campaign to help veterans.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Founder Wes Bledsoe about the event.

You can find more information on the Facebook Page for A Perfect Cause.

Supporters of a medical marijuana petition are facing a Thursday deadline to get about 66,000 signatures to get the issue placed on the ballot in November.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with former State Representative Joe Dorman, a board member for Oklahomans for Health, about the group's progress.

You can see the map of petition sites at oklahomansforhealth.com.

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