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 State Question 792 to put strong beer and wine in grocery stores as well as looking at any state legislative races which has their attention.

The trio also discusses the race for Oklahoma County Sheriff after an audit of mismanagement for the incumbent and accusations of fake endorsements from the challenger as well as predictions on voter turnout.

The State Election Board is reminding people to get out and vote this year.

Spokesperson Bryan Dean says the best way to avoid long lines on Tuesday is to take advantage of early voting at County Election Boards starting today.

"You may still see a few lines at County Election Boards for early voting, but it will probably move a little faster than it might on Election Day, so that's an option as well. And, consider going during off-peak hours if you go on election day."

Tuesday, November First marks one year since a new law banning texting and driving took effect in the state of Oklahoma.

And, AAA says its having an impact on the number of car crashes.

KOSU"s Michael Cross spoke with spokesperson Chuck Mai about the new law's impact.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Poliical Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 790 to remove a section of the Oklahoma Constitution banning public funds for religious purposes, a Sooner Poll of all the state questions facing voters November 8th and a new report showing registered Republicans outnumbering Democrats in Oklahoma.

The national pop culture convention Wizard World is coming to Oklahoma City next year rather than Tulsa which has been its home for the past three year.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with spokesman Jerry Milani about why the festival made the move.

You can keep up to date on any guests and activities to be added over the next year on the Wizard World website.

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System is creating a new program to give easier access to OCPS students.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with library spokesperson Kim Terry about One Card.

You can find out more information on the Metro Library website.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 781 to put more money into drug rehabilitation and mental health programs for inmates and a new report from the State Auditor and Inspector showing mismanagement of funds for Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel.

OETA, Oklahoma’s Public Television, is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary after 60 years on air.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger who says she's happy to come to the Sooner State and join in the celebration.

You can find out more on the 60th anniversary celebration on the OETA website.

This week in Oklahoma Politics,  KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Question 780 to reclassify certain property and drug crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies, Donald Trump's slip in the polls and Governor Fallin continues to support the Republican nominee.

The trio also discusses a push by state lawmakers to comply with the Federal Real ID Act after an extension request was denied and Governor Fallin announces changes to her staff.

The topic of refugees is taking place this Saturday through the United Nations Association of Oklahoma City.

President Sinead Maguina says she doesn’t understand the controversy over accepting refugees when we are talking about more than 65-million displaced people "and about 23 million are refugees. And, from that half of them are children. They're being denied health care, education. So, we just want to promote economic and social advancement for them. Just because, I mean, they're human beings."

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