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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Cyrus Copeland, his mother Shahin, sister, and father Max Copeland in a family photo.
Provided / Cyrus Copeland

Four years ago, Cyrus Copeland sat in the living room with his mother when she asked him to fetch his father’s will from the library to answer a question about land rights.

He returned with a box he thought held the document, but he found something even more interesting – 35-year-old papers from the family’s time in Iran in 1979.

Retired Oklahoma City assistant fire chief and spokesman Jon Hansen.
Oklahoma Watch

Retired Oklahoma City assistant fire chief Jon Hansen died Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma City after a battle with cancer.

Hansen served as the public information officer for the department on April 19, 1995. 168 people died in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Tulsa-based Williams Companies is housed in the BOK Tower in downtown.
Caleb Long / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Mary Fallin, Mayor Dewey Barlett and Tulsa Chamber of Commerce officials are in New York Friday, trying to stop Tulsa-based Williams Companies from moving 1,000 jobs out of the state as part of its merger with Energy Transfer Equity.

The group is meeting with Williams board chair Mike Neal. Fallin said they’re trying to convince him they want those jobs in Oklahoma.

The neon sign still stands outside the Sunshine Cleaners building at 1012 NW First St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The revitalization of downtown Oklahoma City continues to move west, and developers are always looking for ways to offset or subsidize the costs of their projects.

Emails obtained by Buzzfeed death penalty reporter and public radio veteran Chris McDaniel indicate the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received executed inmate Clayton Lockett's autopsy months before it was made public.

Homeowners near the intersection of Alameda Street and 24th Ave. SE could be on the hook for expensive repairs if the earthen dam in their subdivision fails.

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Shawn Sheehan accepts the award during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in August 2015.
Oklahoma State Department of Education / Facebook

The three-day filing period opened Wednesday morning for candidates running for state and federal office. More than two dozen educators are considering politics as the state continues to deal with deep cuts to public schools. An unofficial head count shows about 30 teachers running for office.

Don Wentroth said he simply wants a better learning environment for students.

medical marijuana
David Trawin / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Oklahoma's most recent Democratic gubernatorial nominee is spearheading an effort to let state residents vote on the use of medical marijuana.

2014 nominee and former state Rep. Joe Dorman is a board member of Oklahomans for Health. On Monday the group filed an initiative petition to begin gathering signatures to place the proposal on the ballot in November. The group will have 90 days to gather about 86,000 signatures from registered voters to get the proposal on the ballot.

A combine crew from South Dakota harvests wheat near Altus in southwest Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A recent survey of Oklahoma's wheat farmers shows they're doing whatever they can to save money due to low commodity prices.

The Farmer Speaks study shows nearly 75 percent of farmers surveyed say they're switching from name-brand herbicides to generics, and more than 30 percent said they won't buy new equipment anytime soon, The Journal Record’s Brian Brus reports:

Oklahoma Watch

Updated April 15, 8:01 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent is "out of the office."

That's all the district's board of education said after meeting for five hours in executive session Thursday night to discuss the employment status of Rob Neu. After the meeting Board Chair Lynne Hardin said Neu has not submitted a resignation, but Associate Superintendent Aurora Lora has been assigned the additional responsibilities of superintendent in addition to her current role.

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