Michael Cross

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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 a special election win by the Democratic candidate in the heavily Republican Senate seat, the State Supreme Court rules a penny sales tax petition constitutional and former Democratic Congressman Dan Boren says he's considering a run for Governor in 2018.

This week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about their expectation for 2016, new presidential action in an attempt to reduce gun violence and a dispute between the State Auditor and the Attorney General.

The trio also discuss the recent earthquakes in Oklahoma and the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

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 news that state finance officials have announced a revenue failure for the current fiscal year and a budget shortfall of more than $900M for the next fiscal year. 

The trio also discuss the future of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

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 anti-panhandling measure passed by Oklahoma City, a new study ranking Oklahoma next to last in regard to health and Planned Parenthood says error rate accusations against the organization are exaggerated.

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By a 7-2 vote, the Oklahoma City Council bans activities in medians less than 30 feet wide.

For more than two hours, several organizations who help the poor and homeless spoke in opposition to the measure. Only one group spoke in support.

Councilwoman Meg Salyer says she pushed the bill and amended it to deal with public safety.

"The ordinance before us today, amending Chapter 32 of the municipal code about motor vehicles and traffic, addresses the public safety issue of both pedestrians and drivers," says Salyer.

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On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance banning activities in city medians with an emphasis on ending panhandling.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan about what this means for Oklahoma City's indigent community.

 

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin's call for the Oklahoma Health Department to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the government waste report released by Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and a poll showing strong support by Oklahoma voters for school choice.

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 attacks in Paris and calls by leaders, mostly Republicans who called on the President to stop allowing Syrian refugees into the country as well as opposition from a group including former Attorney General Drew Edmondson on the Right to Farm state question going before voters next November.

Comic book and pop cultural enthusiasts are descending on downtown Oklahoma City this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to the organizer of the Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con, Jimmy Jay.

Find out more information at AmazingOklahomaCityComicCon.com.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin facing calls for an investigation of possible interference in an investigation of a Tulsa doctor who also happened to be a donor to former Texas Governor Rick Perry and a lawsuit on an open records request that has taken a year and a half.

The trio also discuss a study giving Oklahoma an "F" in transparency and the appointment of a new Labor Commissioner.

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