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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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The Nestle Purina plant at 13900 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Union workers in Edmond are suing their boss, and the fight started over tardy employees. Two years ago, the Nestle Purina pet food manufacturing plant started a new attendance policy. If workers were late or didn’t show up, they would lose points. The union eventually won an arbitration that showed Nestle Purina violated the employees’ bargaining agreement and also committed unfair labor practices, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports: The new policy was not negotiated, said Loren...

Volunteers from the Kheir Zaman local supermarket sell a kilogram of sugar for 7.50 L.E. (0.84 US cents), in the Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt - October 26, 2016.
Nariman El-Mofty / AP

A week ago the International Monetary Fund approved a $12 billion loan to Egypt as the country slips into a perilous economic situation created by a declining currency, food shortages, and a strained relationship with a chief benefactor – Saudi Arabia. “What we’re seeing from one end of the Middle East to the other is no money,” said Joshua Landis, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “You look at the spreadsheet for Egypt, and everything is moving...

Raul Font is president of the Latino Community Development Agency in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Immigration dominated the 2016 presidential election, with promises from President-elect Donald Trump to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, and a clampdown on undocumented migrants from both Latin America and the Middle East. Mass deportations could have a significant affect on Oklahoma City’s economy, especially south Oklahoma City, where there’s a significant Hispanic population. On Sunday, President-elect Trump told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl he planned to deport as many as 2-3...

Oklahoma Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger speaks during a meeting of the State Board of Equalization in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 20, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma's top budget official says he's not worrying about a revenue failure… yet. This time last year, lawmakers were wringing their hands over sales tax figures that painted a dim view of state revenue. That’s when revenue was about 3 percent below the estimate used to build their budget. As of October, revenue is down about 2 percent. Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said he’s not too anxious about it and wants to wait until next month’s report, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt...

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif administers the oath of offices to all 101 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives at the state Capitol Wednesday.
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Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif administered the oath of office to all 101 newly elected House members during a ceremony at the state Capitol Wednesday morning. The state's lower chamber includes 32 new state Representatives, including seven new Democrats. The new members of the minority caucus include a former assistant to the mayor of Tulsa and a former schoolteacher. State Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, said his biggest priority is education, but he’s also concerned about...

Oklahoma state Capitol
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Oklahoma's House Republicans picked their leadership for the next legislative session Tuesday, and formally elected state Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka, as the next House Speaker. At the end of the 2016 session in May the caucus elected McCall as Speaker-designate , but yesterday allowed the 25 new GOP House members to weigh in on the leadership. McCall ran for the position unopposed, and he'll be certified as Speaker by the 75-26 Republican majority on January 3 when the full body convenes...

Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Updated Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Oklahoma City police say the suspect in a shooting Tuesday at the Will Rogers World Airport was a former employee at Southwest Airlines, and resigned his position in April 2015. Police allege 45-year-old Lloyd Dean Buie shot and killed Michael Winchester on Tuesday shortly before 1:00 p.m. in the airport parking lot. Winchester was leaving work when Buie allegedly shot him with a rifle from a range of approximately 50 yards. Winchester also worked at...

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections wants out of the state’s unified information technology system. Corrections director Joe Allbaugh criticized how the Office of Management and Enterprise Services runs the IT system during an interim legislative hearing Monday. Allbaugh told the Senate General Government Committee staffing shortages at the state’s IT department have led to problems in his own agency. He said there are lag times when he asks for help, and he said there is a steep learning...

The SandRidge Energy Inc. logo is seen on a vehicle parked at the company headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Over the past week or so Oklahoma City’s energy companies have been releasing their quarterly earnings reports, and some of the more interesting numbers came from SandRidge Energy. After the stock market closed Tuesday, the company reported a net loss of $404 million for the quarter. “Their loss sounds bad, but we're seeing a lot of that with the energy companies for the last year,” said The Journal Record’s editor-in-chief Ted Streuli. “It's really only half the loss they had for the same...

Oklahoma and Cleveland counties both gave the LP ticket more than 7 percent of the vote, and 8.36 percent of Stillwater’s Payne County voted for the Libertarian nominee.
Dale Denwalt / The Journal Record

Every Libertarian candidate in Oklahoma lost on Election Day, but party chair Tina Kelly used words like "exciting," "success," and "momentum" to describe Tuesday. That's because the party cleared a major hurdle. Their presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, pulled in nearly 6 percent of the state vote, more than twice the 2.5 percent the party needs to stay recognized for the next two years. Without worrying about how she’ll keep fellow “LPs” on the ballot, Kelly told The Journal Record’s Dale...

A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the Oklahoma Republican Party's watch party at Main Event in Oklahoma City
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

There were few surprises at the national level as Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly chose Republican nominee Donald Trump to become the 45th president of the United States. Trump supporters just keep giggling and saying "oh my god" as results roll in pic.twitter.com/fdVi6zhPTf — Kate Carlton Greer (@katecgreer) November 9, 2016 Four members of the U.S. House won reelection (U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine already learned he would keep his seat earlier this year when his only challenger withdrew),...

A line forms outside the Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City shortly after 8 a.m. on Election Day.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Polls opened at 7 a.m. across Oklahoma, and the State Election Board says nearly 1,000 extra pollworkers are manning precincts today. Several polling places throughout the metro had long lines, with some voters waiting for anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes Tuesday morning.

Shawn Sheehan, Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year and an independent candidate for the Oklahoma Senate, stands in his classroom in Norman, October 20, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Of the 17 Libertarians in Oklahoma who filed to run in Tuesday's election, only three have raised enough money to face campaign finance reporting requirements. Across the state, campaigns have raised more than $34 million, but less than 1 percent have gone to Libertarians or independent candidates, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports: [Independent Elizabeth Larios] said she has struggled to find donors who will support a non-party candidate. “I thought it was going to be a bit easier to...

Jim Calloway addresses the audience during an Oklahoma Bar Association conference on business skills at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel on Wednesday.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

In today’s business climate, attorneys have to think more like a CEO who runs a company rather than someone who just practices law. That’s according to Jim Calloway, who’s the head of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program. “He was really talking about attorneys who take advantage of some new technology, and in turn, downsize their office a little bit,” said The Journal Record’s editor-in-chief Ted Streuli. “What he said is sometimes if they're not thinking like a CEO,...

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister speaks during the Teacher of the Year Ceremony in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister pleaded not guilty Friday morning to two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony, as well as charges of campaign contributions by a prohibited corporation, and violating limits on campaign contributions to candidates. Updated Nov. 4, 11:13 a.m. Hofmeister appeared in an Oklahoma County courtroom. She was also booked and released from the Oklahoma County Jail shortly after 9:30 a.m.. A preliminary hearing was set for December 13. Original Post Hofmeister was...

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