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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The State Supreme Court declares lawmakers have the constitutional right to remove an exemption to sales tax on motor vehicles.

Yesterday’s 5-4 decision on a 1.25% tax increase for car sales keeps about 100 million dollars in the budget.

KOSU's Michael Cross sat down with the Governor at the State Capitol to get her reaction to the ruling, the possibility of a special session and thoughts on Oklahoma's aid to Tropical Storm Harvey victims.

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The Oklahoma City Public School District begins its fall semester on Tuesday.

This means drivers need to be extra cautious when traveling throughout the city.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with OKCPS Transportation Director Scott Lane about the changes.

Find out how to apply to be a bus driver for OKCPS here.

The National Weather Service is issuing another Heat Advisory for most of Oklahoma on Wednesday as air temperatures will rise to near 100 degrees, with heat index values up to 110.

The State Health Department's Injury Prevention Service is working to raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to this kind of heat.

KOSU's Michael Cross talked with Project Coordinator Avy Redus about what you need to know.

Oklahoma's homeless are feeling the heat as temperatures exceed 100 degrees this week.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about what the people on area streets are experiencing.

You can reach the Homeless Alliance on its website on on Facebook.

Beware the Heat

Jul 18, 2017

Oklahomans need to be careful as temperatures climb to triple digit highs this week.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with Heather Yazdanipour with EMSA about what Oklahomans can do to stay safe.

EMSA is also urging people to check on their pets and NEVER leave a child in a car unattended.

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 dire situation at the Department of Corrections according to Director Joe Allbaugh, the state faces a lawsuit by car dealers over a tax increase on the sale of new motor vehicles as well as a suit by Republican candidate for Governor Gary Richardson over other issues in the budget passed last month by lawmakers.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about constitutional challenges against a state law to crackdown on drunk drivers and another to increase fees on a pack of cigarettes by a $1.50 and calls by the state's two biggest universities to ask for tuition increases in light of budget cuts from state lawmakers.

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 annoucement by Tulsa Republican Senator Dan Newberry that he is resigning his seat effective next January or 2018, 17 Oklahomans sign up to run for election to two legislative seats & Governor Fallin signs the third and final bill to come out of the State Capitol to reform Oklahoma's correction system.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is recalculating its eight year plan.

Director Mike Patterson says this comes after the legislature removed $150 million from the program which keeps work going on Oklahoma’s roads and bridges.

“Last year we had to reduce the eight-year plan by $323 million,” Patterson says. “These are cumulative numbers, and so, if you look over the last six to eight years, the impact has been $800 million.”  

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republlican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about how lawmakers did in the 2017 legislative session as they adjourned just before time ended last Friday, Governor Fallin gave her stamp of approval on the $6.8M budget for the next fiscal year, but the session ended without the passage of some of her issues on criminal justice reform which she promised during her State of the State.

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