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 budget with two weeks left in the legislature bills to increase revenue are starting in the legislature while state agencies including health and education are making deep cuts and now a group of lawmakers want to cut all funding to the Department of Corrections over the consolidation of work centers.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about mixed reaction in Oklahoma to the assumed nomination of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, with just three weeks left in the legislative session there's still no movement on the budget and the GOP in the House and Senate selects its leadership for 2017.

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 question coming to the ballot in November to raise state sales tax by one penny to pay for education, a suggestion to GOP Presidential front runner that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin would make a good running mate and new bills signed by Fallin into law.

The trio also discusses the budget and a new education program through the Oklahoma Policy Institute to educate people on the budget through humor.

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 candidates filing for political office including a large number of Libertarians and Independents and the fight over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland heats up during the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The trio also discusses the ouster of Rob Neu by the Oklahoma City School Board and its our weekly look at the stalemate over the budget.

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 first day of filing for political office which saw at least 30 people involved with education sign up to take on challengers and, shortly before that, Governor Fallin held a press conference to unveil her new plan to fix the $1.3 billion shortfall in the upcoming budget.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about promises by House Speaker Jeff Hickman to keep education cuts to no more than five percent and Representative Mike Christian calls out law enforcement for illegal lobbying at the State Capitol.

The trio also discusses the upcoming filing for political offices and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority creates a proposal to use federal money to get more people insured.

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 lack of any real movement on the budget despite hitting the halfway mark in the legislative session, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority proposes 25% cuts in Medicaid reimbursements and the new academic standards pass without interference from lawmakers.

The gaming event known as Super Bit Con enters its third year in the Expo Hall at the State Fairgrounds.

KOSU's Michael Cross sits down with organizer Brandon Phillips with the Retro Gamers Society to talk 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 attacks in Belgium, new education standards under consideration by lawmakers and $25M in cuts announced by the Department of Human Services.

The trio also discusses nearly $80M supplemental appropriations going to education and corrections, Oklahoma City and the Chickasaw Nation taking over the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and former Senator Tom Coburn says he is NOT running for President this year.

courtesy forestry.ok.gov

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture is urging people to be aware of  high fire danger until Wednesday.

Fire Staff Forester Drew Daily says low humidity and high winds is going to make for a challenging week if any fires get going.

"Even though green-up has initiated, these successive freeze events that we've had over the past couple of days have really stalled the green-up progress, and there are ample dormant fuels that are available for combustion."

Daily says an extra ounce of vigilance goes a long way to avoiding the spread of wildfires.

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