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
9:10 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Hiring/Pay Freeze Spurs Critics, Union Membership Changing-But-Steady

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers her 2015 State of the State address on Feb. 2, 2015 - one week before she announced a hiring and pay freeze for most state employees.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin issued an executive order Monday imposing a moratorium on hiring and pay raises for state workers.

New state workers can still be hired as long as it’s approved in writing by the statewide elected official or cabinet secretary who manages the particular agency, and they have to explain why this is necessary.

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Politics and Government
8:24 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Fallin Orders Hiring Freeze For State Agencies

Gov. Mary Fallin during her 2015 State of the State address Feb. 2
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Updated at 8:25 a.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin has imposed a moratorium on hiring and pay raises for state workers.

Fallin issued an executive order Monday that tightens hiring and wage adjustment practices for employees at all state agencies. The hiring freeze and pay raise moratorium does not affect common or higher education employees.

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World Views
4:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

World Views: February 6, 2015

Rebecca Cruise explains this week’s court ruling that no genocide was proven in the 1990s Serbia-Croatia conflict, and Joshua Landis describes the complex relationship between Jordan and the self-proclaimed Islamic State in light of the brutal murder of a Jordanian fighter pilot.

Then I’m joined by journalist Franz Bumeder. As a German radio correspondent in the 1990s, he reported on those wars in Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, and Macedonia.

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World Views
12:11 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Two Decades Later, Null Vote On Genocide Could Allow Serbia And Croatia Move Forward

Wall of names at the Potočari genocide memorial near Srebrenica.
Michael Büker Wikimedia Commons

The United Nations' top court ruled this week that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other's people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

The International Court of Justice said Tuesday that Serb forces committed widespread crimes in Croatia early in the war, but they did not amount to genocide. The 17-judge panel then ruled that a 1995 Croat offensive to win back territory from rebel Serbs featured serious crimes, but also did not reach the level of genocide.

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World Views
11:16 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Brutal ISIS Video Could Represent 'Sea Change' Of Attitude Toward Extremist Groups

Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was burned alive by militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Petra Jordan News Agency

This week Jordan vowed revenge for the death of a Jordanian pilot held by the Islamic State extremist group. A video online purportedly showed the pilot being burned to death in a cage by his captors. 

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Business Intelligence Report
6:15 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Oklahoma City, County Partner For Tinker Expansion, Love's Embraces Diversification

Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Air Force officials attend the announcement of a deal that will provide more land for Tinker Air Force Base.
Kelly White Tinker Take Off

On Wednesday Tinker Air Force Base announced it now owns 158 acres of land just west of the base to house the maintenance hub for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A Pegasus, which is designed to be the next-generation aerial refueling plane.

The land previously belonged to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., which used it as a yard to serve the General Motors assembly plant that closed nearly a decade ago.

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Washington
8:42 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Reacts To President Obama's Budget Proposal

U.S. Sen. James Lankford  says the budget proposal President Obama unveiled Monday doesn't address the drivers of the country's debt or encourage private sector growth.

Lankford said in a statement Monday the executive budget doesn't respect discretionary sequestration caps, and called the 7 percent increase in federal spending "reckless."

"That would be the equivalent to someone who's having a tough time making their credit car payments, but when they get a job, or when they get a raise, they say, 'Great. I got a raise. I'm going to buy a brand-new TV for the Super Bowl tonight, and put even more on my credit card,' instead of paying down debt," Lankford told Fox News' Shannon Bream during a wide-ranging interview that also focused on the U.S. response to self-proclaimed Islamic State militants. "If the economy’s doing better, terrific. Let’s start paying down debt. Let’s get us back into balance, not just accelerate and keep spending more.”

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State Capitol
1:12 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Governor Mary Fallin's 2015 State Of The State Address

KGOU worldle

Read Gov. Mary Fallin's 2015 State of the State address, as prepared for delivery.

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Politics and Government
8:13 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Fallin Talks Budget, Corrections, Medicaid In State Of The State Preview

Gov. Mary Fallin delivers the 2014 State of the State address as Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) look on - February 3, 2014.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin will unveil her executive budget proposal Monday afternoon as she delivers her annual State of the State address to members of the GOP-controlled House and Senate.

With sliding oil prices expected to deepen an already-projected $300 million hole in next year's budget, Fallin told the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Michael Cross lawmakers will have to be creative as they attempt to balance a growing list of demands for state resources with a dwindling amount of available revenue.

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World Views
11:01 am
Fri January 30, 2015

World Views: January 30, 2015

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss President Obama’s recent trip to India, and this week’s legislative elections in Greece that saw huge left-wing parliamentary gains and a new coalition government.

Then University of New Hampshire historian Nicoletta Gullace discusses her work tracing how changing turn-of-the-century gender roles led to women's increased participation in war activities.

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