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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Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel is leaving after 20 years in office and shortly after starting his sixth term. Whetsel's retirement takes effect February 28.

Oklahoma City’s police department is making no changes to its immigration policy following President Trump’s executive order against sanctuary cities.

Police Chief Bill Citty says while Oklahoma City isn’t a sanctuary city, his officers are also not proactive in enforcing immigration laws because it can erode trust in a community.

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Republican leaders in the Oklahoma Senate gathered Thursday for a press conference on their agenda for the coming legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz says the work of this session goes beyond just this year and looks to the future.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the passing of Oklahoma journalist and regular KOSU commentator Frosty Troy, the estimated 12,000 Oklahomans who participated in the Women's March at the State Capitol and Rep. Dan Kirby loses his chairmanship after refusing to talk with the House committee investigating him for sexual harassment.

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 marathon congressional hearing by Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA, another accuser steps forward in the sexual harassment investigation of Tulsa Republican Rep. Dan Kirby while Stillwell Democratic Rep. Will Fourkiller refuses to participate in the closed door committee and the Governor's Justice Reform Task Force announces its recommendations could save the state $2B over the next ten years.

A new concert series known as the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is coming to the Oklahoma City Civic Center this Saturday night.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with producer Jason Michael Paul who tells us more about the experience.

The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses stats at 7:30 in the Oklahoma City Civic Center.

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 rocky start for a committee investigating sexual harassment claims against two lawmakers as one of the members walks out refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement and the governor is getting ready to release her executive budget facing a nearly $870 million shortfall as agencies come to the capitol asking members of the House Appropriations Committee for more money.

Imagine bringing a role-playing table top game along with specifically prepared meals to your next get together.

The Oklahoma City business venture known as Adventure From Scratch  comes from Master Storyteller Joshua Unruh and chef Jonathan Groth.

KOSU's Michael Cross sat down with Unruh to talk about it:

You can find out more on the Adventure From Scratch website.

If you plan on hitting the road or flying over the Christmas break you won't be alone.

AAA Oklahoma is expecting an increase of 1.5% of travelers nationwide compared to the 2015 holiday season.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Spokesperson Chuck Mai about the expected bump in travel.

You can also find out more information at the AAA Oklahoma 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 a prediction from Governor Fallin that she will be facing a shortfall of $500M to $600M for her executive budget and news that the Trump Administration is not picking her to be the Secretary of the Interior.

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