Brian Hardzinski

Operations/Public Service Announcement Director/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 returned to KGOU as the Operations and Public Service Announcement Director in January 2009. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014. Brian’s past 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, running, and playing tennis.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Former State Lawmaker Jabar Shumate Named University Of Oklahoma VP For Diversity

University of Oklahoma President David Boren announces the appointment of Jabar Shumate as OU's new Vice President for the University Community during a Tuesday press conference.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has named former state Senator and Representative Jabar Shumate as OU's Vice President for the University, a newly created role that will focus on diversity and outreach.

"I knew that this person had to be someone in whom I had complete trust. Complete trust in their actions, complete trust in their motives, complete trust in their good judgment," Boren said during a Tuesday press conference. 

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Health
7:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Study Finds Kingfisher County Healthiest In Oklahoma, Jefferson County Unhealthiest

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

A new study of county health rankings lists Kingfisher County as the healthiest in Oklahoma.

Kingfisher County snagged the top ranking thanks, in part, to its low rates of smoking, child poverty and single-parent families.

It’s also seen its unemployment rate decline to 3.3 percent since 2010.

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World Views
2:26 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

More Bans, More Crime: A Look At Transnational Illicit Activity

Two Moldovan women apply makeup before going out with friends, taken by anti-human trafficking activist Mimi Chakarova for her documentary "The Price of Sex."
Mimi Chakarova

The liberalization of the global economy has made it much easier to move goods and people from one location to another. But it also makes it much easier to engage in criminal practices as more and more substances and enterprises are banned.

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World Views
12:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

World Views: March 27, 2015

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise spent the week working in Rio de Janeiro, and review their impressions of a dynamic and vibrant Brazil.

Later, Rebecca talks with Harvard University political scientist Beth Simmons. She studies transnational crime, and they'll discuss her work framing the debate on human rights.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon
9:24 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Boren: Racist Chant Learned On National Leadership Cruise, High School Students On Bus

University of Oklahoma President David Boren addresses reporters on the steps of Evans Hall Friday to announce the findings of OU's investigation into the local chapter of the SIgma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 5:06 p.m.: SAE reaction to University of Oklahoma investigation

The SAE national office confirmed in a webpost that the fraternity's former OU chapter members "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago." Regardless, SAE executive director Blaine Ayers believes that the chant is not pervasive across the fraternity's 237 groups.

Ayers said SAE's investigation is ongoing and they are looking at each of the fraternity's local chapters.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Three Statewide Business And Development Stories We're Watching This Week

Jenks Mayor Lonnie Sims speaks during a press conference on the upcoming vote to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax.
Rip Stell The Journal Record

A Tulsa tax package will be up for renewal by voters this fall, but with a new twist.

Vision2025, a Tulsa County tax plan similar to Oklahoma City’s MAPS project, is a 0.6 percent sales tax passed in 2003. Since then, it has raised over $600 million for various community projects.

But this year, cities affected by the tax plan have the chance to opt out, says Journal Record managing editor Adam Brooks.

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Weather and Climate
9:54 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Fallin Declares State Of Emergency For 25 Counties After Oklahoma Tornadoes

Moore resident Joetta Strain holds her "prized possession," a photograph of her parents she's had since she was 16. The home she's lived in since 1973 is likely a total loss after Wednesday's tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 2:31 p.m.: National Weather Service issues preliminary report

The Norman office of the National Weather Service spent Thursday assessing the aftermath of Wednesday's tornado and damaging straight line winds, and are surveying damage in southwest Oklahoma City and Moore.

The Weather Service received some criticism on social media for the timing of the tornado warning, and Thursday's report estimates the first tornado warning was issued six minutes after the twister developed over southwest Oklahoma City.

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Weather and Climate
2:23 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, Wildfires Possible As Cold Front Arrives In Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 2:19 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of central and eastern Oklahoma as the threat of severe weather slowly increases.

The Norman Forecast Office says the prime time for storm development should come between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Oklahoma News
8:16 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Veterans Investigator Charged With Impersonation, Perjury, Firearms Possession

Former Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs investigator Steven Pancoast
Canadian County Jail

Formal charges were filed Monday against a fired Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs investigator accused of impersonating a law officer, perjury and felony possession of a firearm.

41-year-old Steven Pancoast was arrested Saturday, but denied any wrongdoing as early as Wednesday to The Oklahoman.

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8:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Is The University Of Oklahoma Doing Enough For The State's Native American Population?

Since the university’s scattered student services offices in the 1990s merged into a reorganized Center for Student Life, critics of OU President David Boren’s leadership say the communities for American Indian students that flourished during the late 80's and early 90's have “dwindled to almost nothing.”
University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren drew praise last week when he swiftly moved to punish members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon caught singing a racist song -- much like he did when members of the same fraternity in 1996 stole a tepee and placed it on a sorority house lawn.

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