Brian Hardzinski

KGOU Digital News Editor/Morning Edition Host

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered.

Brian joined KGOU full time in 2009 as the station's Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015. Brian’s work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brian graduated from OU in 2008 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. A Norman resident, Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier named Bucky.

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Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss this week's lockdown in Belgium due to security concerns after terrorist attacks in Pairs earlier this month, and the response of the citizens in Brussels.

Then Suzette talks with cybersecurity expert and former White House advisor Melissa Hathaway. She says security or resilience weren’t concerns as the Internet became a key component of the nation’s infrastructure.

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For the past quarter century, communications technology has evolved and grown the point where practically every business, service, and family platform is connected to the internet.

But that interconnectivity was approached from a from a commercial development approach, according to cybersecurity expert Melissa Hathaway. That means the first-to-market, free market approach means security and resilience weren’t concerns as the internet was embedded in critical infrastructure.

Law enforcement vehicles on the streets of Brussels, November 22, 2015.
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The city of Brussels was on lockdown earlier this week after threats of more terrorist attacks in western Europe. Schools, museums, government offices, public transportation, and shops all ground to a halt in order to prevent another attack like the Nov. 13 bombings and shootings in Paris. Most of the restrictions have now been lifted.

A sign advertising Thanksgiving weekend hours hangs in a window at Hancock Fabrics in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It’s officially “Black Friday.”

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year, but retail polling firm CivicScience expects to see 3 percent fewer people out shopping this year, which comes after down sales in 2014 as well.

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Updated Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 - 1:45 p.m.

Steady precipitation continues over most of the state. A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow is falling on much of western Oklahoma. Meanwhile, mostly steady rainfall continues to create flooding concerns over the eastern half of the state. 

25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers
Stillwater Police Department

Court records indicate the woman accused of driving the car that crashed into a crowd of spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade a month ago had a blood alcohol content of 0.01.

Adacia Chambers was arrested on suspicion of DUI October 24. Prosecutors say she drove around a barricade and into spectators gathered to watch the parade before crashing into a pole.

Joshua Landis and Rebecca Cruise talk about what's changed (or hasn't) since the Paris and Beiruit terrorist attacks a week ago, and whether or not the world will ever come to an agreement about how to deal with ISIS.

Then, Suzette Grillot talks with Vanessa Tucker from the international watchdog organization Freedom House. Every year the group issues rankings that compare the global political rights and civil liberties across the globe.

World leaders pause to honor the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. / Wikimedia Commons

It’s been a week since the world watched in horror as terrorists killed 130 people in a series of coordinated attacks across Paris, which came just a day after dozens were killed in an ISIS-claimed bombing in Beiruit.

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On Tuesday, the first organized resistance to Oklahoma’s “right-to-farm” movement gathered at the state Capitol to voice their opposition to State Question 777, which will put the issue before a vote of the people in November 2016.

Some background: right-to-farm is the idea there’s a guaranteed, unalienable right for farmers and ranchers to earn a living free from government intervention.

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a July 2015 meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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On Tuesday the U.S. House passed a bill that exempts businesses on tribal lands from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. Supporters say the measure clears up statutory confusion and preserves tribal sovereignty.