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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Business Intelligence Report
7:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Japanese Automakers Can Teach Oklahoma City Hospitals About ER Efficiency

George Rainy pushes an electrocardiogram machine through the emergency department at St. Anthony Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are thinking about health care. Many private employers’ option periods just wrapped up, and on November 15 annual enrollment opened for the Affordable Care Act.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthcare Policy Expert: Insure Oklahoma A Model, More People Accepting Obamacare

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs during a Nov. 10, 2014 luncheon at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Over the weekend, millions of Americans had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance as the annual enrollment window opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs traveled to Oklahoma City last week to speak at an Oklahoma Policy Institute luncheon. He argued state and federal officials would soon shift discussions away from an outright repeal of the healthcare plan.

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Immigration
9:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lankford, Cole Critical Of Possible Executive Action On Immigration

U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford
OversightAndReform Flickr Creative Commons

President Obama says he understands some Republicans disagree there’s a need to fix immigration laws, but U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says his party has offered to work with the president for nearly two years.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

World Views: November 14, 2014

Rebecca Cruise talks with Joshua Landis about air strikes against the Islamic State, and how Syria’s neighbors are affected by millions of refugees.

Later, Suzette Grillot's recent interview with the 2014 Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner Mia Couto. Shortly after the country’s independence from Portugal, the Mozambique Liberation Front asked him to suspend his medical studies and work as a journalist.

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Business Intelligence Report
8:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

New Commericial Developments In Western Oklahoma City Could Bring Increased Tax Revenue

A layout of the planned $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.
Courtesy Rendering The Journal Record

The Interstate 40 corridor in western Oklahoma City and Yukon is growing fast and some companies are looking at development prospects in the area.

The Journal Record's Molly Fleming reports GBT Realty Corp. plans to build a $50 million, 450,000-square-foot retail development on 80 acres at the intersection of NW 10th Street, N. Czech Hall Road, and Interstate 40 near Yukon.

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Environment
6:08 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Inhofe: China Faces No Consequences If It Breaks Climate Deal With U.S.

Senator Jim Inhofe Facebook

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) says "talk is cheap" when it comes to the agreement on greenhouse gas emissions between the United States and China.

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Open Records
9:35 am
Thu November 13, 2014

University Of Oklahoma To Release Parking Ticket Details After Lawsuit

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the school will now release university parking ticket records after a student filed a federal lawsuit seeking the information.

Journalism student Joey Stipek sued the university in 2013 after he was denied parking ticket records for a story in The Oklahoma Daily. The paper explained its rationale for joining the lawsuit in a Wednesday editorial:

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Native American
9:44 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Live Tweets From Monday's Senate Hearing On Native American Museum

American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

Oklahoma lawmakers are looking at several options to find roughly $40 million in state funding to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River southeast of the intersections of Interstates 35 and 40.

Oklahoma Watch’s state Capitol reporter M. Scott Carter attended Monday’s Senate Education Subcommittee on Appropriations hearing packed with lobbyists, lawmakers, state and Oklahoma City officials to gather more information about what officials says would be a “Smithsonian level” facility.

Carter live tweeted the 9:30 a.m. hearing:

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Oklahoma News
8:12 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Oklahoma Energy Tycoon Ordered To Pay Ex-Wife Nearly $1 Billion

CEO Harold Hamm
Continental Resources

A judge in Oklahoma is ordering the chairman and CEO of energy giant Continental Resources Inc. to pay his wife nearly $1 billion as part of a divorce settlement.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:30 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Urban Renewal Authority Considers Downtown Oklahoma City Development Proposals

The former site of Stage Center and future home of OGE Energy Corp. headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Editor's note: The audio version of this story contains language that could be misleading. Written proposals from Clayco and Milhaus both discuss plans for a public-private partnership, and government incentives.

Downtown Oklahoma City is growing and there is need for more office, commercial and residential space. The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority called a meeting this past Tuesday to talk about the empty lot at the southwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson avenues.

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