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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Jordan Martin and other developmentally disabled people, along with advocates and caregivers, urged lawmakers to prevent budget cuts at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Lawmakers can't seem to decide how to pay for the shortfall in the state budget that begins July 1.

Out of all the measures introduced so far to raise money this year, House members have rejected many of the most lucrative, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Four stories that were trending or generated discussion online or on KGOU’s social media platforms during the past week.

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The City of Oklahoma City is going to try to reopen portions of the Northwest Expressway next week after the May Avenue bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon.

Updated May 20, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Oklahoma City Public Works Director Eric Wenger said a quote this morning indicates it will cost about $55,000 and take months to repair the bridge.

Political scientist and self-described “military sociologist” Zoltan Barany argues it’s possible to predict how a general will respond to a domestic revolt if we know enough about the army, the state and society it serves, and the external environment.

But first, Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot talk about former Boko Haram kidnapping victims, and the expansion of NATO as the alliance invites the small Balkan nation of Montenegro to join.

SandRidge Energy sign
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Monday morning Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy formally filed for bankruptcy.

The move wasn’t unexpected among energy observers, but one of the interesting things about this particular filing is that SandRidge has almost twice as many assets as it does debt.

Gov Mary Fallin on the floor of the state Capitol during a House vote on Wednesday.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill Friday that would've criminalized abortion in Oklahoma. The measure would've effectively banned the procedure in the state by making it a felony. It also would've punished doctors who performed an abortion by revoking their medical license and with possible jail time.

Updated May 20, 3:54 p.m.

Oklahoma state Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, speaks on the Senate floor in Oklahoma City, May 17, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Time is running out for Oklahoma lawmakers to come up with enough money to sustain government operations after July 1.

This legislative session can last until May 27, but revenue bills are constitutionally bound from being considered in the last five days of session. That means revenue bills would have to be sent to Gov. Mary Fallin before 5 p.m. Friday.

American Energy Partners' headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

American Energy Partners is shutting down, just over two months after its founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon died in a car crash in northeast Oklahoma City.

AEP issued a statement Wednesday saying it decided to wind down operations, and that the five independent companies it launched would not be affected. 

The Oklahoman’s Adam Wilmoth reports the company laid off half of its 100 employees on Wednesday:

In this Monday, Jan. 17. 2011 file photo protestors greet soldiers during a demonstration against former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the center of Tunis.
Christophe Ena / AP

In February 2011, President Obama criticized the U.S. intelligence community for not accurately forecasting the unrest in Tunisia would spread to Egypt and other Middle East countries, sparking a region-wide Arab Spring, an unremitting civil war in Syria, and the rise of ISIS.

The president had harsh words for the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about how quickly the forces in Tunisia turned against the authoritarian regime, The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti wrote at the time:

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A House committee rejected a proposal Tuesday to increase Oklahoma's fuel taxes by three percent.

The House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget voted 14-to-9 against the bill that would've raised gasoline taxes from 17 to 20 cents per gallon and from 14 to 17 cents for diesel. Supporters like House Budget Committee chairman Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, say the increase would free revenue used to pay for road and bridge construction.

“It's $86 million that would help us,” Sears said. “I like using this word: A 'safe landing' of our state budget."