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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As the 2016 Summer Olympics get underway in Rio de Janeiro, we revisit Suzette Grillot's 2014 conversation with University of Oklahoma anthropologist Erika Robb Larkins about the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Larkins then joins the show from Brazil to provide an update on the city's mood and preparation ahead of Friday's opening ceremonies.

SandRidge Energy headquarters in Oklahoma City.
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It’s been a rocky year for Oklahoma City’s SandRidge Energy.

The company started 2016 learning it would be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, and had to shut down many oil and gas wells in northwest Oklahoma due to seismic directives by the Corporation Commission.

State Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. At left is Rev. Lori Walke, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ.
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Business and community leaders in Oklahoma called on Congress Wednesday to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“We can ask, we can petition, we can do all that we are constitutionally allowed to do,” said state Sen. Brian Crain. His district in Tulsa includes a significant Hispanic population. “I think this is an excellent time for us because the debate is ongoing, and it’s time for us to take action. “There's probably never been a better time - in our lifetimes at least - for us to look at immigration reform."

Oklahoma County led the country in oil industry job creation in 2015, according to a Headlight Data analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. On the other end of the spectrum, Washington County in northeastern Oklahoma ranked No. 6 in oil industry job losses.

Sen. James Lankford R-Okla. arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
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Oklahoma's junior U.S. Senator is joining bipartisan criticism of Republican presidential nominee Doanld Trump's comments directed toward the family U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Khan’s parents spoke out against Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention, prompting several days of response from the GOP nominee. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Public Radio Tulsa when the New York businessman thinks something, he says it.

Sixty-three years after Jim Thorpe's death, his sons still believe their father isn't at rest. Kurt Streeter wrote this in-depth look at the debate over where Jim Thrope should be laid to rest for ESPN The Magazine.

Trevo LLC President Mark] Stevens
Courtesy photo / The Journal Record

The FBI has found thousands of dollars from scam victims in an Oklahoma City company’s bank account, but they may not be in trouble.

The multi-level marketing company Trevo sells its nutritional supplement juices in dozens of international markets.

Late last month, the FBI seized $610,000 from scam victims that found its way into the company’s bank account, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Color-coded ballots for each Oklahoma County district are pictured at the Oklahoma County Board of Elections in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 23, 2016. The ballots are color-coded according to party.
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Fifteen Libertarian candidates for state legislative and congressional races will join the party's presidential nominee Gary Johnson on the November ballot.

Oklahoma officially recognized the Libertarian Party in March, which allowed members and candidates to register as members and candidates for the first time, The Oklahoman’s Nuria Martinez-Keel reports:

Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller speaks during a news conference n Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 8, 2015.
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The state treasurer's office says the latest gross domestic product report shows a year-long recession in Oklahoma. The state GDP report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates Oklahoma's economy has contracted for four straight quarters going back to the spring of 2015.

“Oklahoma ranked 39th among the state for economic change during the first three months of the calendar year, with GPD down 0.5 percent,” the report says. “It is one of 13 states that experienced negative economic growth during the quarter.”

liquor bottles, alcohol
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Supporters of a state question to update Oklahoma’s alcohol laws and allow wine and strong beer in grocery and convenience stores rolled out their campaign this week.