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 ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the upcoming Super Tuesday Presidential Primary election including recent visits to the Sooner State by candidates, the Libertarian Party gathers enough signatures to be placed on the ballot along with the Republicans and Democrats and a bill to delay the current tax cut makes it out of committee.

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 official budget shortfall for lawmakers grows to $1.3B, officials announce an extra $43M for education after telling schools to expect a $19M cut and the state Supreme Court upholds the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Act.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant about Governor Fallin's call to protect some corporate tax credits, the general revenue took another hit falling $105M below the estimate in January and just two weeks into the 2016 legislative session there have already been some surprises.

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

On Wednesday, three House bills I'm keeping an eye on managed to get through committees. Here's a brief summary of what these bills entail and what happened:

The History of Mental Health Care in Oklahoma

Feb 9, 2016
Oklahoman Archive (used with permission)

Oklahoma has spent among the least in the nation on its mental health system, a trend that dates back decades. Currently, Oklahoma is among 10 states that spend the least per capita on mental health.

Jaclyn Cosgrove, health reporter at The Oklahoman, joins us to talk about her yearlong project on mental illness and addiction in Oklahoma.

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 of the State Address from Governor Fallin, a plan to increase cigarette taxes by $1.50 per pack and bills to eliminate, reduce or put a moratorium on tax credits.

The trio also discuss Senator James Lankford's plan to eliminate federal tax credits on wind energy and the Iowa Caucus results with less than a month before Oklahoma's Presidential Primary on Super Tuesday.

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 upcoming legislative session including any possible predictions, a proposal to give $10,000 raises to teachers and an initiative to put criminal justice reform on the ballot this November.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about a bill by a prominent Senate Republican to stop the current tax cut, other bills filed in the upcoming legislation and possible cuts coming to education in Oklahoma.

The trio also discusses a couple of recent earthquake forums in the OKC metropolitan area, the resignation of the vice chair of the State Republican Party, and Donald Trump brings Sarah Palin to Tulsa.

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.

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