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
6:42 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Using Cox Center Site As Convention Center Solution Could Cost 85 Percent Of Contracts

Sue Wyglendowski grooms one of the 16 collies she brought from Mantua, Ohio, for the 2015 Collie Club of America National Specialty Show at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

Last week, Oklahoma City said it would reopen the search process for the site of the MAPS 3 convention center, and on Tuesday the city council voted to abandon the originally planned location near the Myriad Gardens.

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Oklahoma News
1:37 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

University Of Oklahoma President To PBS: Colleges Must Be Loud Voice Against Racism

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the school has a responsibility to educate its students and be vigilant enough to stand up to even the subtlest forms of discrimination in light of the video that made international headlines showing Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members engaging in a racist chant.

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Oklahoma News
5:54 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Two Students Expelled From University Of Oklahoma Over Racist Video

Demonstrators gather outside Evans Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus Monday morning to protest the video with racist chants allegedly by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 8:05 p.m.: Apologies from two students involved

Two students involved in the video where a bus full of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members participated in a chant with racial slurs and derogatory language against African-Americans apologized in separate statements Tuesday evening.

The Dallas Morning News reports both teens are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Politics and Government
9:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Wide House Passage Of Embryonic Stem Cell Research Ban In Oklahoma Despite Concerns

A colony of embryonic stem cells. The cells in the background are mouse fibroblasts cells. Only the colony in the centre are human embryonic stem cells.
Ryddragyn Wikimedia Commons

The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday designed to prevent embryonic stem cell research in Oklahoma.

The measure by state Rep. Dan Fisher would make it a felony crime to perform embryonic stem cell research.

“Presently, the embryos are destroyed in the process of trying to extract these stem cells, and therefore that’s what this bill is attempting to prevent,” Fisher said on the House floor.

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Education
6:13 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Major Residential Construction Project On University Of Oklahoma Regents' Agenda

An artistic rendering of the proposed Residential Colleges project on the University of Oklahoma campus.
KWG Architects/adg University of Oklahoma Board of Regents

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider approving the design and development phase for a major construction project of two residential colleges.

Each facility would house about 300 students and a faculty member in residence, and be connected by a communal dining area. It would also have a storm shelter.

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Oklahoma News
5:29 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

University Of Oklahoma Community Protests, Fraternity To Close Over Racist Video

A protester with tape saying "Unheard" over his mouth, a reference to the minority rights student group that organized Monday morning's protest of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chant video.
Jacob McCleland KGOU

Updated 7:30 p.m.: Top football recruit de-commits from OU and team holds silent protest

A top high school football recruit has de-committed from the University of Oklahoma after several members of a campus fraternity participated in a racist video.

Jean Delance is a junior at North Mesquite High School in Texas. He told CBSDFW he would not attend Oklahoma. In the television interview, Delance described the video as "very disturbing" and described the people in it as "uneducated."

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World Views
3:36 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

World Views: March 6, 2015

Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot discuss what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Washington this week says about a possible shift in U.S./Middle East alliances. Many traditional U.S. allies are worried Washington might shift toward Iran and away from Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Later, Landis and Rebecca Cruise talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood. He compares this decade’s uprisings in the Arab World to what he calls an “Atlantic Spring” that started in 1776.

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World Views
3:21 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

'Strange Bedfellows' As U.S. Entangles Itself In Unlikely Middle East Alliances

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 23, 2014, before the two sat down to discuss a possible cease-fire to stop Israel's fight with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
U.S. Department of State

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address before Congress on Tuesday, urging President Obama not to craft a nuclear deal with Iran.

The domestic politics of the speech have been widely discussed, but the speech has raised issues of shifting U.S. alliances with Middle East countries.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:45 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Future Of MAPS 3 Convention Center Uncertain After Oklahoma City Drops Land Bid

The previous site plan for the downtown Oklahoma City convention center.
Courtesy rendering The Journal Record

Tuesday afternoon Oklahoma City leaders announced they would start looking for a new site for the convention center that's part of the Metropolitan Area Projects, or MAPS 3, proposal voters approved in 2009.

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Politics and Government
8:40 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Senate Approves Pair Of Bills Designed To Rein In State Tax Credits

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), author of Senate Bills 806 and 815
Provided Oklahoma Senate

The Oklahoma Senate approved two bills Wednesday designed to provide more scrutiny and oversight of some of the hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of state tax credits. Both bills by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) now go to the House for consideration.

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