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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Oklahoma State basketball fans are mourning the loss of a legend.

Longtime men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton died over the weekend from natural causes at the age of 84, surrounded by his three sons and their families.

"Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court," the family said in a statement. "He cherished the time he spent at every school and appreciated the support of their loyal fans. He believed they deserved so much credit in the success of his programs."

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed legislation late last week that would have allowed home delivery of medical marijuana.

Home delivery within a 10-mile radius was just a portion of House Bill 3228, which addressed several reforms in Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry.

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 decision by lawmakers to end the legislative session two weeks early, Governor Stitt vetoes a bill on rural broadband and lawmakers pass a bill giving a Cost of Living Adjustment for State Retirees.

The trio also discusses a constitutional challenge to the new law requiring notarization of absentee ballots and remembering Oklahoma City Republican Senator Brooks Douglass.

A new survey shows how big of an impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people’s lives.

More than 47% of Oklahomans who participated in an online survey say someone in their household has lost income since March 13.

The survey from the U.S. Census Bureau also finds more than 36% missed last month’s housing payment or have little confidence in making the next month’s payment.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed House Bill 4018 on Tuesday, writing that the Secretary of Digital Transformation David Ostrowe has already created a broadband task force and creating a Rural Broadband Expansion Council would be unneccesary and redundant.

It's Episode 208 of the Okie Geek Podcast, and we are talking with Alyx Picard Davis with the deadCENTER Film Festival.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, venues across Oklahoma and the U.S. have been forced to cancel or postpone. However, deadCENTER is still planning to celebrate its 20th year, but this time it will be a virtual experience lasting twice as long, but at half the price.

deadCENTER begins June 6 and lasts all the way until June 21 with All Access passes costing just $100. This year, participants can watch any of the 140 films picked for the festival.  

The coronavirus took its toll on the 2020 legislative session.

Oklahoma lawmakers finished their work on Friday after meeting just 36 days since February 3, possibly the fewest in state history. Constitutionally, the legislature can still meet until the last Friday in May, but leaders say they will only call lawmakers back to override any vetoes from the governor.

Top gubernatorial issues left undone include criminal justice, medical billing and civil service reform, as well as agency consolidation and more public money for private schools.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is considering legislation to give raises to state retirees for the first time in 12 years.

The measure to give Cost of Living Adjustments to firefighters, law enforcement and teachers passed the Senate as one of the last bills before the legislative session ended on Friday.

The bill’s author, Senator Roger Thompson, says the retiree systems are well-funded even though the hit to the programs will be a 1.5 to 1.8 percent increase.

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 override of the governor's veto of the state budget, Governor Stitt forms a bipartisan committee to deal with the federal funds to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Senate says sit won't confirm Interim Health Commissioner Gary Cox to the job leading the agency.