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.

Ways to Connect

Selma Hadzihalilovic
Ambassador Swanee Hunt / Blogspot

Selma Hadzihalilovic didn’t seek out activism. It found her.

She was just a teenager when war broke out in her native Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was training to become a nurse at a medical high school when the conflict between Croats and Serbs turned her life upside down.

Robert Bates arrives for his arraignment at the Tulsa County courthouse on April 21, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

It took a jury about three hours Wednesday to find former Tulsa County reserve sheriff’s deputy Robert Bates guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed suspect last year.

State Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, April 30, 2013.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

The Oklahoma lawmaker widely criticized for his remarks last week that many viewed as disparaging to Native Americans has apologized.

State Rep. Todd Russ said during a floor speech Thursday that Native Americans are "predisposed to alcoholism."

Construction continues on Evans Road at State Highway 66 east of El Reno.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state's budget crisis has been blamed on low oil prices, but it affects local governments too. That's because a portion of oil and gas tax revenue is earmarked for counties and schools.

Damage at Johnson Construction in Davis, Okla. Wednesday morning. The business lost three overhead doors.
Shelly Johnson / @wall_cloud Twitter

Severe thunderstorms moved across the state Tuesday afternoon and evening, downing electrical lines, damaging some homes and businesses, and dropping large hail. No injuries have been reported.

Updated April 27, 9:07 a.m.:

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu speaks to legislators in Oklahoma City, Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Oklahoma City Public Schools has reached a separation agreement with Superintendent Rob Neu. He'll remain with the district, but on administrative leave, through the end of the fiscal year.

Updated 6:31 p.m.

The school board met in executive session for a little less than an hour Monday evening, and emerged shortly before 6:30 p.m., when Board Chair Lynne Hardin read from a statement.

Ty Judd flashes a rattlesnake's fangs during a hunt on April 16, 2016 near Okeene, Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU


If there are any rattlesnakes in the rocky hills of northwestern Oklahoma, Ty Judd knows where to find them.

Judd and his friends have been rattlesnake hunting these gypsum hills for years, armed with long metal tongs, a plastic bucket and a few simple rules.

“Watch where you step,” Judd said. “Never put your hand on the side of a hill unless you’ve looked it over because little snakes will curl up there and bite you on the hand.”

Gov. Mary Fallin, second from right, and her husband, Wade Christensen, second from left, greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, following a rally in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said South Carolina's former lieutenant governor had "great advice" in recommending Gov. Mary Fallin as a running mate.

Catherine Lisle (left) and Danielle Hodge come down the finisher's chute during the 2016 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Provided / Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

More than 24,000 runners turned out for a warm and humid race during Sunday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

University of Oklahoma assistant volunteer running coach Patrick Gomez won the 2016 race with a time of two hours, 38 minutes. It was his first marathon.

“The crowd support was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced,” Gomez said afterward. “One runner even stopped his race to work out the cramping in my legs.”

Jason Smith, president of the Norman Economic Development Coalition, addresses the audience during the organization’s annual summit Thursday at the John Q. Hammons Conference Center in the Embassy Suites in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Norman education, civic, and business leaders are worried about employee recruitment and college student retention. They outlined their concerns Thursday at the Norman Economic Development Coalition’s annual summit.