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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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Though the rate of earthquakes “has declined from its peak,” the 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Pawnee has made 2016 the most seismically active year on record “as measured by seismic energy release,” Oklahoma Geological Survey Director Jeremy Boak tells the Enid News‘ Sally Asher.

School buses are parked at the Oklahoma City Public Schools Operations Center in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

For 22 years, the state miscalculated how much property tax should go back to local school districts. That means hundreds of campuses lost money over that time period, while the rest got more than they deserved.

Some Oklahoma school districts are now going after millions of dollars they say were applied the wrong way, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump arrives at the home of Hunter and Kathy Miller in Norman for a fundraiser Saturday, September 17, 2016.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spent a little over an hour in Norman Saturday afternoon, courting campaign donors just a few blocks from the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

More than 100 demonstrators gathered near the private residence where the fundraiser was held, protesting Trump’s views on race, immigration, and the economy.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump appears at a rally in Oklahoma City on February 26, 2016.
Emily Wendler / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Norman Saturday afternoon for a fundraiser just a few blocks from the University of Oklahoma campus.


Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss Italy's response to drug trafficking through North Africa, and how it's affecting groups like the Islamic State, who are fighting over the region.

 

Then Grillot talks with journalist and author Maria Armoudian. Her latest book tells the book tells the stories of reporters who cover war zones, the challenges of shrinking budgets, and censorship.

Swaths of cannabis in northern Morocco. The U.N. estimates 80,000 families in the rugged northern Rif mountains make their living from growing marijuana. Their efforst have made Morocco the main hashish supplier for Europe and the world.
Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP

Since 2013, European Union officials have seized hundreds of tons of hashish, worth more than $3 billion, from 20 ships traversing a lucrative drug trafficking route across the Mediterranean.

The drugs flow through multiple countries – Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and some Balkan states – and even areas controlled by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who are taxing the shipments as it goes through their territory.

Maria Armoudian
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Maria Armoudian’s first book explored the role radio played in exploiting deeply-held divisions between Hutus and Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

The abandoned Lantana Apartments complex at 7408 NW 10th St. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The big news that came out of this week’s Oklahoma City Council meeting involved the body formally voicing its opposition to State Question 777 – the so-called “right-to-farm” proposal.

The Dallas Morning News' SportsDay reporter Chuck Carlton analyzes University of Oklahoma president David Boren's comments Wednesday about the possibility of expanding the athletic conference.

Oklahoma City Council member Pete White, left, and council attorney Kenneth Jordan in a council meeting at City Hall.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma City Council passed a resolution Tuesday formally opposing State Question 777, which is commonly known as the “right-to-farm” amendment. The proposal would add a new section to state law guaranteeing farmers and ranchers can operate without interference unless the state has a compelling reason to get involved.

Rachel Jenkins, 32, was denied further treatment after a doctor hired by her company said she had a shoulder condition caused by aging, not her work accident. "What's age got to do with anything?" she asked.
Nick Oxford / ProPublica

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday companies cannot opt-out of the 2013 workers’ compensation law.

The court’s 7-2 decision says the opt-out act’s provision “creates impermissible, unequal, disparate treatment of a select group of workers,” and is unconstitutional. The ruling comes two years and two days after Dillard’s employee Jonnie Vasquez was injured while working at a Dillard’s. 

Anthony McDermid, architect with TAP Architecture, stands in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart Supercenter at 1801 Belle Isle Blvd. in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma lawmakers are hearing arguments Tuesday between architects and building designers.

State law exempts many commercial and residential buildings from needing an architect, The Journal Record’s Dale Denwalt reports:

Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., home of Major League Soccer’s Sporting Kansas City. As with Children’s Mercy, part of the community support for building an MLS stadium in Oklahoma City would likely include a public finance package.
Courtesy Photo / The Journal Record

Major League Soccer says it's only looking for four more teams at this time, and Oklahoma City isn't on the league's short list of expansion cities.

But Energy FC co-owner Bob Funk Jr. still thinks MLS will have more than 28 teams in the future, including one in Oklahoma City. The five cities on MLS’ short list for expansion are Detroit, Miami, Austin, San Antonio, and St. Louis, The Journal Record’s Molly Fleming reports:

U.S. men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams says he could sit down for a meal in the Olympic Village and overhear conversations in five different language. He'll share his experiences from Rio de Janeiro and his thoughts on sports diplomacy in a conversation with Suzette Grillot.

But first, Rebecca Cruise talks with University of Oklahoma anthropologist Noah Theriault about the Philippines' new president and his controversial tactics to confront drug trafficking and violence in his country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte steps out of his limousine upon arrival at Merdeka Palace to meet Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
Dita Alangkara / AP

The world’s eyes turned to the Philippines this week after President Rodrigo Duterte made disparaging remarks about President Obama during his visit to Asia. It’s not the first time Duterte’s comments have made international news since he took office in June, previously criticizing the U.S. and U.K.

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