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 talks about the two cases before the US Supreme Court: the execution drug Midazolam and same sex marriage.

The trio also discuss the only anti-gay measures to make it through the legislative process are heading to the Governor and the twists and turns in the case of the reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.

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 weekly news concerning Robert Bates accused of shooting and killing an unarmed, restrained black man and the link by the Oklahoma Geological Survey between injection wells and earthquakes.

The trio also discuss Right to Farm legislation passing through the capitol and a Constitutional Convention Amendment which failed as well as a judges decision allowing Norman Music Festival goers to bring weapons.

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 signing a bill to stop teacher payroll deductions to union and possible unintentional consequences of local drilling bans impacting the federal flood insurance program.

The trio also discusses oil revenue collections drop to a 13-year low and infighting between a Republican lawmaker and the conservative State Chamber.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Monday's teacher rally and the vote a few days earlier to ban payroll deductions to teachers' unions.

The trio also discuss the new law signed by Governor Fallin to require doctors to check an online database of prescription drugs to crack down on abuse and Oklahoma emergency officials have to make hazard plans dealing with climate change or risk losing grant money.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about an investigation of wrongdoing at the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma, the state refusing to give a man a license tag which supports same sex rights an an upcoming teacher rally at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses news that Congressman Jim Bridenstine paid a tea party leader $64,000 for six months on a "confidential" issue and the State Senate gives $217,000 raises to its staff.

The retro gaming event SUPER! BitCon is coming back to Oklahoma City for its second year. Whether you're into table top, cards or video, it's all about the games this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross sits down with organizers Brandon Cole Phillips and David Sollars about the celebration.

You can find out more information at SuperBitCon.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 the local Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni hiring attorney Stephen Jones and a Senate bill to ban teachers from paying union dues out of their paycheck.

The trio also discuss documents released by the Department of Corrections on the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, the lack of documents from the Governor's office and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb admits he has his eye on the Governor's office in 2018.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is getting two elephants from a the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle despite criticism from animal activists in the northwest.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to zoo spokesperson Tara Henson about the move.


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU Morning Edition Host Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant talk about the fallout over a racist video from a now former OU fraternity and a Federal judge dismissing a lawsuit against the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol.

Plus, Oklahoma's two Senators sign a letter to Iran regarding the treaty being worked up by President Obama, the author of a bill to create Education Savings Accounts removes his legislation and a bill ending state-issued marriage licenses in Oklahoma passes the House.

Oklahoma City is getting ready for a huge St. Patrick's Day celebration this weekend in Bricktown.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Bricktown District Manager Mallory O'Neill about the party which has something for all ages.

The O'City Parade takes place all over downtown Oklahoma City and Bricktown on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 10 a.m.

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