KGOU

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

People watch an Olympic Games event on television at the Homeless Alliance day shelter in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

A survey of Oklahoma City's homeless population shows a 16 percent increase in people living on the streets.

The Oklahoma City Planning Department's Housing and Community Development Division released the results of the 2016 Point-in-Time study Wednesday.

The city's annual census of the homeless population took place on January 28, and counted just over 1,500 people. It's estimated the community's homeless population for the entire year is about four to five times higher than the one-night tally.

Jimmy Hendershot, owner of 23rd Street Vapes in Oklahoma City, said he would consider converting his business to serve medical marijuana clients if the petition gets on the ballot and is approved.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The group Oklahomans for Health still needs several thousand signatures for its medical marijuana initiative petition by Thursday afternoon's deadline.

While the group has been collecting signatures, others have been thinking about how pot could be big business here, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Attorney David Slane talks with media outside the Oklahoma Supreme Court clerk's office, August 9, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Attorney David Slane is suing Gov. Mary Fallin over $140 million in unspent state funds he contends should go to state agencies. Slane filed the lawsuit Tuesday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on behalf of six clients who receive state services through the Department of Human Services.

Call specialists answer HeartLine Inc.’s various helplines inside the organization’s call center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Two Oklahoma non-profits are struggling to determine how to maintain the state’s social services hotline due to budget shortfalls.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services cut all of the fund for the state's 211 call-in system.

Randy Ross is executive director of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.q
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that dentists on North Carolina's licensing board illegally suppressed competitors.

In Oklahoma, licensing board members are appointed by government officials, and state agencies have to get legislative approval to change their rules.

The United States' Ryan Murphy, right, and bronze medalist David Plummer celebrate with their medals after the men's 100-meter backstroke at the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lee Jin-man / AP

Oklahoma City native and Westmoore High School graduate David Plummer won the bronze medal in the men’s 100 meter backstroke final Monday night at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

His teammate Ryan Murphy gave the United States its sixth straight gold medal in the event with an Olympic record-setting time of 51. 97 seconds. China's Xu Jiayu captured the silver medal with a time of 52.31 seconds, and Plummer took the bronze in 52.4 seconds, just .03 seconds ahead of fourth-place finisher Mitch Larkin from Australia.

Legacy Trail Apartments, one of the complexes under development in Norman.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Permits to build apartments in Oklahoma are up 150 percent over last year.

That’s a stark contrast to national construction numbers, which Federal Reserve economist and Oklahoma City branch executive Chad Wilkerson says fell by almost 10 percent.

State Treasurer Ken Miller
Sue Ogrocki / AP

The current economic downturn has now lasted longer than the Great Recession in Oklahoma.

State treasurer Ken Miller said the downturn in gross receipts has now lasted for 17 months, based on July figures released Friday. The gross receipts shrinkage after the financial crisis eight years ago lasted from December 2008 to February 2010.

Mac McClure in 2012 receives a volunteer award with Flights for Life Marketing Director Jane Tellier.
Courtesy Photo

The former director of Oklahoma City’s Federal Aviation Administration center died in a plane crash in Arizona Tuesday.

The Coconinio County Sheriff’s Office said Mac McClure’s twin-engine plane crashed near Flagstaff while he was transporting donated blood to Scottsdale. Authorities said the plane may have had engine trouble shortly after it took off. It then crashed into a wooded area.

At the top of Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Suzette Grillot / KGOU

Editor's Note: This interview originally aired June 3, 2014..

A week before the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil, soccer’s international governing body has expressed concern that three of the stadiums won’t be ready, and legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo says he’s “appalled” by his country’s preparations for the sport’s biggest event.

Pages