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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Politics and Government
4:59 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

House Education Committee Vote On AP U.S. History Draws Nationwide Attention

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Updated 12:20 p.m.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) says no decision has been made about whether or not a controversial bill that directs the State Board of Education to adopt a new program to replace the Advanced Placement U.S. history course and test will be heard by the full chamber.

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Education
7:28 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma Committee To Discuss Education Standards To Replace Common Core

timlewisnm Flickr Creative Commons

A trio of experts in education standards will deliver presentations to a steering committee responsible for helping develop new academic standards in Oklahoma.

The steering committee was formed after the Legislature repealed Common Core. The hearing is delayed by a few hours due to Monday morning's winter storm.

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Weather and Climate
6:38 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma City Snow Routes Interactive Map

The map above shows the Oklahoma City's designated regional snow routes.

World Views
12:42 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

World Views: February 13, 2015

Syria Comment blogger Joshua Landis provides analysis of President Bashar Assad’s interview this week with the BBC, and Rebecca Cruise discusses German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit with President Obama, and what they’re trying to accomplish regarding Ukraine. 

Then Rebecca talks with Kathryn Bolkovac, who sued her employers for unfair dismissal after she lost her job for trying to expose sex trafficking in Bosnia. Her story was dramatized in the 2010 film The Whistleblower.

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World Views
12:31 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Signs Of Optimisim On Ukraine After Obama, Merkel Meet In Washington

President Obama said Monday Russian aggression against Ukraine has reinforced the unity of the U.S. and its partners in Europe and around the world.

Obama spoke at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He says if Russia continues on its current course, its political and economic isolation will worsen.

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World Views
12:00 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Landis: Assad Wants Cooperation From Unwilling U.S., No Partner In Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad granted an unusual interview to the BBC on Tuesday, discussing the nearly four-year-old civil war in his country, and his relationship with the United States.

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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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