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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A Turkish police officer patrols as pro-government supporters, gather on Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Turkish lawmakers approved a three-month state of emergency, endorsing new powers for Turkey's President Erdogan.
Petros Giannakouris / AP

A week after the beginning of a failed coup in Turkey, there are still so many unanswered questions about who was behind it and what’s next for the country that’s long walked a tightrope between religion and secularism.

Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot discuss last weekend’s failed coup attempt in Turkey. Hundreds of people died during the uprising, and tens of thousands were arrested during this week’s crackdown.

Then we'll hear a conversation with World Neighbors' Southeast Asia representative Edd Wright. Ever since the 2004 tsunami, he’s been trying to make sure Indonesia is prepared for another catastrophe.

A village near the coast of Sumatra lays in ruin after the Tsunami that struck Southeast Asia
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Philip A. McDaniel / U.S. Navy

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed more than 200,000 people and led to billions in aid distribution throughout the region.

Edd Wright, the Southeast Asia representative for the Oklahoma City-based international development organization World Neighbors, works on what he calls disaster risk reduction in Indonesia. His group starts by working with governments to identify which villages are most at-risk from disaster, which is followed by a need-based assessment (the communities don’t have to participate). From there, they start to categorize what types of disasters the community has faced.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism.

Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been a prominent figure during this week’s Republican National Convention.

He delivered speech Monday on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, having just taken over as the group’s president in June. Oklahoma City’s elections are technically non-partisan, but Cornett does identify as a Republican (he made it to a runoff with Gov. Mary Fallin in the 2006 Congressional primary when they vied for U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook’s old seat). During Cornett’s address in Cleveland earlier this week, he talked a lot about the success of Republican mayors across the country.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to talk about what her party stands for during her address on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

She told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday her speech Thursday evening will be similar to the brief remarks she delivered Monday when she talked about the party’s platform.

The control tower at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate delegation has filed a bill to keep air traffic controllers in the industry after retirement, working as full-time instructors.

As The Journal Record's Dale Denwalt reports, they can't make more than about $16,000 dollars in post-retirement jobs right now, but the bill would exempt income earned as a trainer:

Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., addresses the delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin spoke briefly during Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention. Fallin serves as one of the co-chairs of the GOP’s platform committee, and says the party’s principles can change the way people think, and the direction of the country.

Mick Cornett, Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Mayor of Oklahoma City speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett described success by GOP municipal leaders during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday afternoon in Cleveland.

Cornett said Republicans hold the top jobs from San Diego to Miami, including Oklahoma’s two largest cities. He said Republicans have held the Oklahoma City mayor’s seat for 29 consecutive years.

Charmian Conrad writes the day’s specials on a chalkboard at Pump Bar in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ruled Friday that bars and restaurants can infuse drinks with vegetables, fruits, spices, and even cured meats. Members reached the decision without much discussion.

The ruling came after the owner of The Pump in Oklahoma City asked for an ABLE ruling following the arrest of his bar manager for having bacon strips inside a vodka bottle.

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