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 State Question 780 to reclassify certain property and drug crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies, Donald Trump's slip in the polls and Governor Fallin continues to support the Republican nominee.

The trio also discusses a push by state lawmakers to comply with the Federal Real ID Act after an extension request was denied and Governor Fallin announces changes to her staff.

The topic of refugees is taking place this Saturday through the United Nations Association of Oklahoma City.

President Sinead Maguina says she doesn’t understand the controversy over accepting refugees when we are talking about more than 65-million displaced people "and about 23 million are refugees. And, from that half of them are children. They're being denied health care, education. So, we just want to promote economic and social advancement for them. Just because, I mean, they're human beings."

The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma is providing much needed clean undergarments to Oklahoma City area low income kids.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Director of Social Services about the service which kicks off on Monday.

Families wishing to participate can show up Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the Salvation Army office 1001 N. Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City.

Parents need to bring birth certificates, picture IDs, and proof of school enrollment, household income and residency.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 779 to raise sales tax by a penny to pay for teacher raises and other educational needs, the state Supreme Court striking down an anti-abortion bill on parental consent and no challenge to the signatures gathered for a medical marijuana ballot initiative.

The largest charitable endowment organization in the county is announcing $8 million in endowment distributions to nearly 360 organizations at an event on Thursday.

As of June 30th of this year, the total market value of the funds administered was $167 million, making Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Charitable Organization Endowment Program the largest of its kind in the United States.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Oklahoma City Community Foundation President Nancy Anthony.

The Department of Human Services is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Spokesperson Mark Beutler says, according to the Violence Policy Center, 97% of women killed in the Sooner State knew the attacker.

"Here in Oklahoma, we rank 4th in the nation in the number of women killed by men, so this is a very serious problem, a very serious isue, and this is just our way of recognizing that this is something that really needs to be addressed."

Budget cuts are forcing McAlester’s Department of Public Safety Office to close two days a week.

Representative Donnie Condit says 30,000 to 40,000 of his constituents are facing hardships because of calls for smaller government.

"The cutting of the income taxes was not very wise at this time. We should have put it off, but we didn't. And then also there are a lot of tax credits and tax loopholes and things like that that companies can get such as the oil and gas industries and the banks that have hurt the states."

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 777 known as "Right to Farm" by supporters and "Right to Harm" by opponents, the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and a new poll showing one in four Oklahomans supporting secession from the United States if Clinton wins in November.

Local treatment center Valley Hope is hosting an event on Thursday known as "Hope for Recovery" at downtown Oklahoma City's Bicentenial Park to recognize September as National Recovery Month.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Marketing Development Manager Ashley Barcum about the event taking place from 11:00am to 1:00pm

While this is the first time Valley Hope has done this, Barcum hopes to make it a yearly event.

Students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind get to become cowboys for a day in Haskell.

Volunteer Linda Graber says about 60 students from grade school and middle school are taking part in the ninth Western Heritage Day at the Silver Spur Western Lodge today.

"They have horseback rides, hayrides and stage coach. The kids get to go fishing, hiking. There's a mechanical bull"

Graber, who has a granddaughter in the school, says today’s event allows them to play in a social environment, but also get an education on animals and the outdoors.