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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Municipalities around the two largest cities in Oklahoma are allowing some businesses to reopen today.

Following Governor Kevin Stitt’s plan to allow personal care shops to open, Del City, Midwest City, Moore and Yukon dropped their emergency proclamations to follow state guidelines. Around Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Glenpool are allowing hair and nail salons as well as barber shops, spas and pet groomers to open.

Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Edmond and Bixby are holding to their emergency declarations and keeping doors closed until at least next Friday, May 1.

It's Episode 207 of the Okie Geek Podcast brought to you by Okie Comics. This Saturday, a group of gamer nerds are coming together for an online event they're calling "Clerics for Medics" to play Dungeons & Dragons raising money for "Direct Relief" and its fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

A group led by a Tulsa Tea Party leader organized small groups of people to rally from their cars at city halls in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on Monday. The group is protesting stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

The organizer, Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, tells The Oklahoman that government can't shut down the state for less than 200 deaths without citizens becoming frustrated.

It's episode 206 of the Okie Geek Podcast brought to Okie Comics. This week we are talking with Gene DeRosa, along with his wife the co-creator of Fandom Facemasks.

Gene used to do the convention circuit which sadly shut down with the pandemic, so he turned to making facemasks out of the same 100% cotton used to make the bags they sell at events.

They run the gamut in geeky material from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, Doctor Who, Comic Book characters and even muppets, minions, My Little Pony and more.

Oklahoma City is looking at a flood of evictions after the COVID-19 crisis.

The Oklahoman reports that after a current moratorium on eviction hearings, thousands could lose their homes creating a homeless population not seen since the Great Depression.

The state’s unemployment rate hit record levels since the outbreak began, as nearly 100,000 Oklahomans filed initial jobless claims in the past two weeks.

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 lawsuit by legislative leaders to get the governor to call a revenue emergency so they can fund the government through the month of June and number provided by the governor's office on how many inmates are getting released in the latest round of commutations were incorrect.

First-time unemployment claims in Oklahoma have dropped for the first time since mid-March.

Just under 49,000 Oklahomans filed for unemployment last week, down from 60,000 in the previous week.

For the week ending March 21 through this past Saturday, nearly 180,000 Oklahomans have filed first-time claims. The state has paid out $138 million in unemployment insurance so far in April.

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The State Supreme Court is calling on the State Board of Equalization to respond to a lawsuit by the legislature.

36 deaths from COVID-19 in Oklahoma have come from nursing homes and long term care facilities. The most recent death marks the first in a state-run nursing home for veterans.

According to data released by the State Health Department, there have been 404 cases of COVID-19 infections in nursing home residents or staff members.

Hotspots in northeastern Oklahoma facilities have been revealed in Bartlesville, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Grove and Skiatook.

Oklahomans owing back child support won't get their stimulus checks.

Up to 130,000 people in the state will have their money intercepted by the Treasury Department then sent to the Department of Human Services. DHS will then distribute the funds to pay for any debts owed on public assistance and then as past-due child support.

For Oklahomans who owe child support, but filed a joint income tax return, the entire stimulus check for the household could be intercepted.

The Oklahoma National Guard has called up more members to help with COVID-19 testing.

The Guard now has 175 of its 7,500-member force working with 11 identified COVID-19 regional health administration locations. The members are acting as couriers to the state-run testing sites, but they won't be taking part in the procedures.

Officials say, as fellow Oklahomans, the guard members are dedicated to serving the state and helping its people get through the pandemic.

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