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 Dutch Queen Juliana signs the document transferring sovereignty to the United States of Indonesia in The Hague,December 27, 1949.
Information Ministry / Republic of Indoneisa (Public Domain)

World War II left the Dutch Empire in flux.

Queen Wilhelmina fled to London, and Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia cut the Netherlands off from the Dutch East Indies, an expansive colony stretching from the tip of mainland Asia to the northern edge of Australia.

Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller speaks during a news conference n Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

State Treasurer Ken Miller gave the 2016 legislative session a grade of “C” in his annual Oklahoma Economic Report out Tuesday.

Miller said lawmakers faced a difficult budget challenge this year as they tried to figure out how to close a $1.3 billion gap. But he says House and Senate members also left an opportunity on the table to make significant structural reforms to Oklahoma’s budgeting process, something Gov. Mary Fallin outlined in her State of the State address earlier this year.

Bottles of wine are displayed on shelves at Market Beverage Co., 204 S. Littler Ave. in Edmond.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It’s been a week since the end of one of the most contentious legislative sessions in recent memory, and attention is now starting to turn to elections this summer and fall in Oklahoma.

Mayoral candidate Paul Tay argues with debate moderator Royal Aills while Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Councilman G.T. Bynum look on Wednesday evening.
Rogers State University Public Television

Incumbent Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett and city councilman G.T. Bynum, who’s challenging him for the post, squared off in a debate Wednesday night, and the forum’s conclusion turned contentious.

The candidates sparred over the jail, the education sales tax, and city mowing cycles, according to the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange’s John Durkee.

Kristin Henry, an attorney with the Sierra Club, speaks during a hearing at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission Tuesday. The Sierra Club is one of nine parties intervening in the case involving Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co.’s request to install scrubbers.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

A local chapter of a national environmental group is trying to reverse regulatory action on a coal-fired power plant.

Wednesday marks 95 years since the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa - referred to as "Black Wall Street" due to the overwhelming number of prosperous African-American businesses - was burned to the ground. Freelance journalist and former NPR reporter Allison Keyes tells the story of a manuscript with a riveting first-person account of the Tulsa Race Riot.

Students on the University of Oklahoma campus during the 2016 spring semester.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education may consider raising tuition rates during meetings scheduled for later this month.

eCapitol's Tyler Talley reports Chancellor Glen Johnson said budget cuts that were made during this fiscal year have negatively affected the academic mission and the students at Oklahoma's institutions of higher learning:

Oklahoma state Capitol
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

On Friday, lawmakers finished their work for the year and can now dive into the campaign season.

The state’s $6.8 billion budget dominated the conversation at NE 23rd and Lincoln, and it’s still on voters’ minds even after the legislature adjourned.

Depending on how they voted on the budget, House and Senate will have to defend it or point out its flaws. The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports lawmakers are preparing for constituent questions:

President Barack Obama speaks in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 30, 2016, during a Memorial Day ceremony.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Obama remembered Oklahoma native and Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler as exactly what was right about this world.

Speaking at Arlington National Cemetery during Monday's Memorial Day ceremony, the president described Wheeler as a man who came from nothing, and made something of himself.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) and center Enes Kanter (11) during the first half of Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May 30, 2016
Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't hang on in the final minutes Monday night, losing 96-88 in Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals.

The defending champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to secure a rematch of last year's NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Russell Westbrook added 19. The Oklahoman’s Erik Horne blamed the loss on a string of 3-pointers from Golden State’s two star players: