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
8:40 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New and Returning State Leaders for Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about returning Governor Mary Fallin and new Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. 

The trio also discusses a judges ruling which could impact the 2013 GOP overhaul of the Workers' Compensation System and a plan by the Oklahoma Hospital Association to use Medicaid expansion money for low-income uninsured Oklahomans.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The New Legislative Session is Coming

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the "Hoodie Bill" and conservatives asking AG Scott Pruitt to stop the lawsuit over Colorado marijuana laws.

They also discuss lawmakers getting ready for the new session, gas prices impacting the state budget, and Oklahoma's first execution since April 2014.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 19, 2014

A Busy Week for the State Supreme Court

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 State Supreme Court decision allowing the Governor to withhold certain documents from the public, as well as Governor Fallin's decision to accept $2M in Affordable Care Act money.

They will also discuss another ruling from the State Supreme Court rejecting part of the 2011 Tort Reform Law which punished uninsured drivers, approval by State Supreme Court Justices of the $120 million dollar bond to fix the Capitol, and an investigative piece by the Oklahoma Watch regarding the early release of violent and sexual offenders.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

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 New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Income Tax Law Gets Supreme Court Approval

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the State Supreme Court approving the law to cut Oklahoma's Income Tax.

They also discuss the fallout over a blown referee call in a high school playoff game, the Democrats giving up on Congressional District 2, and the state budget facing lawmakers in 2015.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Supporters of Keystone XL Pipeline Come Up Short by One Vote

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 Keystone XL pipeline bill which failed in the U.S. Senate.

Also discussed in this episode are measures being considered for the state Senate to create a $5 billion bond for education and to allow Oklahomans to register to vote online, as well as a new poll on same sex marriage and freshmen lawmakers taking the oath of office.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Calls for a Special Election in Eastern Oklahoma

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the calls by Democrats for a special election after their candidate died two days before the Congressional District 2 race.


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Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Wizard World Comes to Tulsa

Rachael Ceballos (left) and Adrian De Sa Pereira (right)
Michael Cross

For the first time ever, one of the biggest pop culture conventions made its way to Oklahoma.

Wizard World which currently runs 16 conventions across the country brought its event to Tulsa over the weekend.

Hundreds of people in various outfits based off science fiction, fantasy, comic books and popular culture stream into the exhibition hall under the Wizard World banners.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:40 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Analyzing the 2014 Election

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the results of the 2014 General Election.


2014 General Election
7:40 am
Tue November 4, 2014

The Race for Governor

Mary Fallin (left), Richard Prawdzienski (center), and Joe Dorman (right)

Oklahomans are heading to the polls today with one of the biggest decisions being who will lead the state as Governor.

The incumbent Republican is facing a Democratic and an independent challenger in today’s election.

It’s early evening on a Wednesday at a comic book shop in northwest Oklahoma City as Representative Joe Dorman walks in to meet with people.

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