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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Lynne Miller campaign sign
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Voters across Oklahoma went to the polls yesterday for mostly local elections. Here’s a brief recap of some of the more significant races we’re following:

New Norman Mayor, Council Runoff

Norman will have a new mayor and two new city council members, but two of the three candidates for the Ward 6 post are headed to a runoff.

Oklahoma Forestry Services

Firefighters and emergency responders are working to contain blazes in northwest and central Oklahoma as extremely low humidity, 40 mile-per-hour wind gusts, and very warm temperatures converge to create the perfect conditions for the spread of wildfires.

Updated 4/7/2016, 9:06 a.m.

Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Wednesday for 10 more Oklahoma counties affected by the ongoing wildfires in the northwest corner of the state.

A laptop computer with an online retailer open in the browser window.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Revenue and Taxation approved a bill Monday concerning the collection of online sales tax in Oklahoma.

Buddy Hield guards freshman Austin Grandstaff during Thursday's practice in Norman before the Sooners departed for Houston.
Storme Jones / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma's Buddy Hield won the James Naismith Trophy as the nation's top college basketball player.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club made the Sunday, one day after Hield was held to just nine points in the Sooners' 95-51 loss to Villanova University in Saturday evening's Final Four matchup.

elementary school library
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The top Republican in the Oklahoma House pledged education cuts in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget won’t exceed 5 percent.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, said his GOP colleagues want to send a message to local schools.

State Rep. Mike Christian during a 2013 press conference at the state Capitol.
Oklahoma House

A state lawmaker surprised his colleagues Thursday by levying allegations of corruption against his former employer.

State Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City, is a retired state trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, which is overseen by the Department of Public Safety. Near the end of a committee meeting on Thursday, Christian read from a prepared statement, saying he would file a complaint against the Department of Public Safety.

Debbie Chastain holds her the hand of her grandson Justus Sklyer Cobbs at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Lexington, Okla.
Sarah Phipps / The Oklahoman

Four stories that were trending or generated discussion online or on KGOU’s social media platforms during the past week.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss two sides of international education. China has charged an education advocate in Tibet with inciting separatism, and a one-room basement library in Afghanistan is providing books to citizens once ruled by the Taliban.

Then contributor Joshua Landis talks with Jeffrey Mankoff from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He argues the U.S. tried to outsource solving the Ukraine crisis onto German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They’ll also discuss Russia’s involvement in Syria.

SandRidge Energy
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

One of Oklahoma City’s major energy producers unveiled its latest earnings reports earlier this week.

It wasn’t good news – it really hasn’t been for any of the state’s energy giants as they continue to feel the effects of this nearly two-year downturn in commodity prices . On Tuesday, SandRidge Energy announced it lost $74 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 – down 58 percent year-over-year and missing Wall Street expectations.

Jeffrey Mankoff during an October 2014 Center for Strategic and International Studies forum on Russia's war, Ukraine's history, and the West's options.
Center for Strategic and International Studies / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Russia rapidly moved to the front of the world stage when President Vladimir Putin returned to power in 2012, setting off an adversarial relationship with the West not seen since Cold War tensions thawed in the 1980s.

The country’s ascendancy includes the 2014 invasion of Ukraine’s Crimea region, and a greater role in Syria on the side of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Syria is fighting rebels opposed to Assad’s minority Alawite-led government as well as Islamic State, or ISIS, militants bent on establishing a caliphate in the Middle East.