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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KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

Ten residents at the Claremore Veterans Center have died since July 1 after testing positive for COVID-19.

However, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Joel Kintsel says they might not have died as a direct result of contracting the respiratory disease.

Since the first of the month, 62 residents tested positive with 18 having either moderate or severe symptoms and 34 listed as asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. In addition, 21 employees at the facility are in isolation at home after testing positive.

It's episode 212 of the Okie Geek Podcast brought to you by Okie Comics, SoonerCon is getting postponed until next year, because of the pandemic, but you can still show off your favorite Costumes in its contest to be viewed online. Organizer Summer Rain, a cosplayer herself, joins us to talk about the event, and what we can expect as participants and fans. The regional contest is only open to 50 participants so make sure to get your entry in soon.

The state Health Department has updated its hospital surge plan as COVID-19 cases grow.

The agency is adding 340 more beds across seven hospitals in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa, if the need arises. The hospitals will be compensated with federal CARES Act money for the surge contracts.

While the number of cases has increased, the hospital surge plan hasn’t been activated yet, as the average length of a hospital stay for COVID-19 patients has declined in Oklahoma.

KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have won 13 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2019.

It was a clean sweep in the 'General News' category, as former StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortiér took first and second place, and former KOSU student reporter Lenora LaVictoire took third place.

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Starting immediately, face masks must be worn in the City of Tulsa.

On Wednesday evening, Tulsa City Council voted 7-2 to adopt an ordinance that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. It's similar to one passed by Stillwater City Council last week.

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A state lawmaker who recovered from COVID-19 is calling on Governor Kevin Stitt to issue a mask mandate.

Representative Jason Lowe says seeing the rapid rise in cases is alarming, and Oklahomans must still do what we can to protect ourselves and our communities.

The Oklahoma City Democrat urges Stitt to follow his fellow governors to put the health and safety of citizens first by mandating masks in public spaces and private businesses.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Oklahomans passing State Question 802 to expand Medicaid in the state, a runoff in the Republican primary between Stephanie Bice and Terry Neece to take on Congresswoman Kendra Horn and Abby Broyles wins the Democratic nomination to take on Senator Jim Inhofe.

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced on Sunday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Oklahoma City-based energy pioneer negotiated a restructuring agreement with most of its creditors in the hopes of creating a path back to profitability. If approved, the company will emerge from the process with a $2.5 billion line of credit.

It’s also seeking court approval to spend $925 million during the bankruptcy process to keep the business operating normally.

  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 rally for President Trump in Tulsa, State Question 802 to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma which will be decided on Tuesday and the State Supreme Court shoots down an initiative petition to repeal the state's permitless carry law.

 

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