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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Twenty days into his reopening plan, Governor Kevin Stitt it’s time to move to Phase 2 on Friday.

Under Phase 2, funerals, weddings and organized sports can resume, and bars will be allowed to reopen with lower occupancy.

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Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a bill to make alcohol delivery permanent.

The ABLE commission began temporarily allowing delivery on March 24 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance was then extended on April 17 and is set to expire this Friday, May 15.

An open records request from The Oklahoman reveals the Oklahoma State Department of Health ordered $42 million on personal protective equipment, such as masks, gowns and gloves, to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Kevin Stitt says the federal government will reimburse the state 100% for the purchases.

Governor Kevin Stitt has formed a bipartisan group of lawmakers to distribute federal relief funds.

The appointment of the 23 lawmakers comes after legislative leaders criticized Stitt for not including them in discussion over the money.

The governor says the legislative advisory group will work with him to distribute $1.2 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Stitt’s administration is also working on a portal for local governments to submit expenses for reimbursement under the CARES Act.


A prisoner in Chickasha has become the first known Oklahoma inmate to die from COVID-19.

52-year-old William Dean Brame, who was awaiting sentencing at the Grady County jail, died from complications of the disease on April 28.

The jail was holding Brame for the federal government after he pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to traffic drugs and launder the proceeds from the illegal sales.

The Oklahoman reports at least one other federal inmate and some detention officers were also infected, but jailers say they have all since recovered.


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about lawmakers attaching strings to a new round of executive powers to the governor, legislative leaders announce a budget deal and Republicans push through a bill requiring notarization of absentee ballots.

Residents are recovering at the first nursing home to see an outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. More than 40 people at Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman have recovered.

Ten people died since the outbreak began in March, with the disease infecting a total of 72 residents and ten employees.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths associated with state nursing homes and long-term care facilities stands at 111 so far in the state.


Big 12 college football could be returning this fall.

The state legislature has extended Governor Kevin Stitt’s emergency powers for another 30 days. But, lawmakers are now requiring information from the governor’s office on how he used those powers in the past 30 days.

The governor has two days to show which actions stem from powers granted through the Emergency Act and which ones Stitt took outside of those extraordinary powers.

The leader of the Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat says if the governor doesn’t respond in the given time, he stands ready to terminate the emergency resolution.

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On Monday, the State Supreme Court ruled absentee ballots do not need to be notarized.

Justices barred the State Election Board from issuing ballots or other election materials suggesting notarization is required.

The high court says a statement signed, dated and made under the penalty of perjury by a voter is adequate for submitting an absentee ballot by mail.

The League of Women Voters and two Oklahomans at high risk of contracting the coronavirus sued to make it easier for residents to cast absentee ballots by mail.

Oklahoma could release up to 14 prisoners at high risk for COVID-19.

126 individuals were classified as having severe medical needs, but only 14 met the eligibility requirements for medical parole.

Corrections officials say the inmates couldn’t be serving time for a violent crime, have a history of domestic violence or have to register as a sex offender upon release.

The state’s Pardon and Parole Board will hear an emergency medical parole docket on May 13.