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 Repulican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the visit to the Sooner State  by GOP Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina, along with the latest attempts by attorneys for Richard Glossip to prove his innocence.

The trio also discuses three candidates looking to replace state Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon who resigned after just five months on the job and a bill possibly going before lawmakers next year to raise the pay of retired educators in an attempt to shore up the teacher shortage in the state.

The Sooner Stand Down by The Homeless Alliance taking place on Thursday from 6am to 4pm is entering its ninth year.

Executive Director Dan Straughan says the goal of the Stand Down is to help get veterans back on their feet.

The term “Stand Down” originated during World War I when soldiers were pulled back from the trenches for physical and mental respite.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, it's been an historic, tumultuous and also tragic summer as the dynamic duo has been away on vacation, but now ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talk with KOSU's Michael Cross about their picks for the top stories of the past two months, but first, the discussion turns to the biggest news of the week: the resignation of Republican Party Chairman Randy Brogdon after just three months on the job.

The trio also discusses the issue of police seizing property from citizens and the next move for the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol.

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford told business leaders in downtown Oklahoma City Thursday the country is going through a debate right now over whether it wants to governed by Washington, or the states.

“Will this be a nation that has a group of technocrats that are pretty smart people – there are some pretty smart folks in D.C. – that will really decide the policy for the nation?” Lankford asked. “Or will this be a nation that decisions are made close to the people that are affected by that decision?”

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Oil prices hit a six year low earlier this week as China devalued its currency.

The move is sparking fears of a slowing global economy.

KOSU's Michael Cross spoke with Russell Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic Research and Policy Institute at Oklahoma City University about the possible heightened anxiety for the rest of 2015.

Evans says like most everyone else in the state, he's hoping things get back to normal soon.

Oklahomans can save money this weekend on back to school shopping thanks to no taxes on certain items.

Tammy Fate with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce says the Tax Free Holiday encourages people to shop locally Friday through Sunday.

"It really is just an opportunity to keep shoppers in Oklahoma City versus driving to surrounding states for their tax free weekends. And, it really allows the consumer the opportunity to potentially purchas a few more items before the school year kicks off."

This week's Oklahoma Gazette cover story provides suggestions on how to grill a great steak just like the restaurants around Oklahoma City.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk with reporter Greg Elwell who says the first suggestion is to make sure you purchase quality steak.

Greg also says the best steaks aren't necessarily from beef and suggests trying bison.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. 

The cover story goes live on okgazette.com Friday.

It’s been ten years since the state made tattooing legal and this week’s Oklahoma Gazette cover story looks at some regrets people might have had after inking themselves a decade ago.

Reporter Greg Elwell says what was cool in 2006 just isn’t the same today.

Elwell reminds us that tattooing on hands and face remains illegal in Oklahoma.

You can pick up the Oklahoma Gazette at more than 800 metro rack locations. The cover story goes live on okgazette.com tomorrow.

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The United Methodist Church, which hosts more Boy Scouts than any other denomination in Oklahoma, have decided how to proceed after the group opened leadership up to gay men.

Spokesman Joseph Harris says the conference is allowing individual churches to make their own decision on affiliation with the Boy Scouts or hiring leaders.

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