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.

Ways to Connect


Opponents of State Question 777 also known as "Right to Farm" on the November ballot are holding a rally Tuesday evening at the Tower Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke to Cynthia Archiniaco with the Oklahoma Stewardship Council about why she believes it's important to hold this event.

Former Oklahoma Governor David Walters and former OU football coach Barry Switzer are among those expected to attend the rally.

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 776 to enshrine all forms of executions into the Oklahoma constitution, Attorney General Scott Pruitt joining in support to reform the practice by police of seizing property and cash upon arrest and Oklahoma joining with 20 other states in opposition to a new federal rule on overtime pay for salaried employees.

The Miles Against Melanoma Oklahoma Foundation is holding its third annual 5K and one mile fun run a week from Saturday. 

Founder Ashley Watts who lost her 19-year-old sister to skin cancer says it’s still a very serious disease.

"One in five Oklahomans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. It's a staggering statistic. Skin cancer has become one of the most common cancers for people in their 20s."

Watts admits she got some ribbing about not having a night time race, but she says this isn’t about avoiding the sun.

Oklahoma’s Department of Public Safety is joining in the National Child Passenger Safety Week.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Lieutenant Joe Williams about this initiative pushed by the National Transportation Safety Administration designed to raise awareness of how to keep our kids secured in vehicles.

You can find more information on the web at SaferCar.gov.

This Week in Oklahoma KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the state Supreme Court striking down the controversial opt-out provision of the Workers' Compensation Law passed by the GOP legislature in 2013, a delay in the acceptance of procedures to could put executions on hold for the next two year and more injection wells get shut down after a fault line was recently discovered through the 5.8 quake which hit Oklahoma earlier this month.

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 political fallout over what has now become the strongest earthquake in Oklahoma history at 5.8 magnitude this past Saturday, the declaration by Governor Fallin of no special session to use $140M in surplus money for teacher raises and a lawsuit by medical marijuana supporters saying Attorney General Scott Pruitt's rewrite of their ballot initiative is biased.

Bridges in Oklahoma are safe to travel after Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude earthquake.

Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson says his crews inspected more than 180 bridges in Oklahoma.

"There were three field divisions that responded out of Tulsa, Perry and Buffalo to get those bridges inspected and provide some safe confidence to the traveling public that everything was okay."

In all the crews managed to complete an in depth look at all the bridges about five hours after the quake.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is calling on everyone to wear orange this Thursday for Hunger Action Day.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with VP of Marketing and Communication about September as Hunger Action Month.

You can find out other ways to help on the Regional Food Bank 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 the biggest stories to come out of the summer break, especially the $140M surplus found by the state and the upcoming general election.

Oklahoma City officials are celebrating a new initiative to show calories in non alcoholic drinks.

The "Balance Calories Oklahoma" partners the Oklahoma Beverage Association and Oklahoma Grocers Association with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

The new labeling will be found on vending machines, self-serve fountain dispensers and retail coolers in convenience stores, restaurants and other locations.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with OKC Mayor Mick Cornett about his thoughts on the new program.