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 Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Fallin facing calls for an investigation of possible interference in an investigation of a Tulsa doctor who also happened to be a donor to former Texas Governor Rick Perry and a lawsuit on an open records request that has taken a year and a half.

The trio also discuss a study giving Oklahoma an "F" in transparency and the appointment of a new Labor Commissioner.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Interim Studies at the State Capitol and Governor Fallin still waiting to pick a new Labor Commissioner to replace Mark Costello who was murdered several months ago.

The trio also discuss a lawsuit by the Sierra Club and other environmental groups against energy companies for their practice of using waste water for injection wells and Sapulpa Republican Representative Mark McCullough announces he is resigning.

Headlines for Monday, November 2, 2015:

  • New FCC rules could cost Oklahoma jails millions of dollars. (NewsOK)

  • The dispute over saltwater disposal wells is heating up. (Journal Record)

  • No more texting while driving in Oklahoma. (News9)

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about state agencies coming up with ways to cut 10% of their budget as ordered by Governor Fallin an Oklahomans on the Affordable Care Act seeing premium increase well above the national average at 37%.

The trio also new polling that shows support among Oklahomans for Presidential candidate Ben Carson and strong support for the death penalty.

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A new state law makes changes to how child car seats are used.

Beginning on Sunday, children under the age of two must be in a rear facing car seat, the ages of 2-4 must be in a five point harness and the ages of 4-8 must be in a booster seat. Drivers in violation of the new law could be fined up to $50 for each offense.

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Green Bambino owner Morgan Harris about the changes.

Harris says Oklahoma is one of the first states in the country to be providing these kinds of guidelines for parents.

A statewide ban on texting and driving takes effect November 1. Drivers can be pulled over for texting while driving and fined $100 after that date.

The Oklahoma Safety Council is working to raise awareness of the new law through employers and social media.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to sit down with Executive Director Dave Koeneke about the campaign.

You can get more information including images for social media on the Oklahoma Safety Council 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 an initiative petition launched by OU President David Boren to raise a penny sales tax to pay for education, a lawsuit against another Ten Commandments monument (this one in southern Oklahoma), and the cost of private prisons on the state.

The trio also discusses the visit by Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson and the support by major players in the Oklahoma Democratic Party for Hillary Clinton.

On November 1, changes are coming to driver licenses under legislation passed earlier this year.

Captain Randy Rogers with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says the new law gives those with expired out-of-state licenses a six month grace period to renew without having to retake driving tests.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about an NPR and ProPublica report on the problems surrounding Oklahoma's opt out provision in its workers compensation system and the latest news on executions in the state.

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 movement of the Ten Commandments monument of the State Capitol grounds and the news that the wrong drug was used in January to execute Charles Warner.

The trio also discuss the overturned blackmail conviction of former Sooner Tea Party leader Al Gerhart, the upcoming vote by Oklahoma City banning all activity in medians and the impact of Real ID on Oklahomans.

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