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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Death Penalty
5:46 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Family Of Prisoner Who Died During Troubled Oklahoma Execution Plans To Sue State

Clayton Lockett
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The family of the prisoner who died during a botched execution earlier this year plans to file a lawsuit against the governor and the medical professionals who carried out his lethal injection.

The Oklahoman's Graham Lee Brewer reports attorneys for the family said the filing of a lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma City was "imminent" and that it would also include the manufacturers of the drugs used in the lethal injection.

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World Views
3:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

World Views: October 10, 2014

Joshua Landis provides an update on the attacks by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants near the Turkish border, and the Syrian government’s ability to focus on battling rebels because the United States is devoting its energy to combating ISIS.

Later, a conversation with Ron Burton. He’s a Norman resident who just finished a year-long term as the president of Rotary International.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oklahoma City's Next Food Truck Park Could Bring New Life To Farmers Market District

The recently opened Bleu Garten food truck park along NW 10th Street in Oklahoma City
Corbin Greer KGOU

One side effect of Oklahoma City’s urban renewal has been a booming food truck industry.

The popular monthly H&8th festival closes out its seven month-long 2014 season October 31, and last month a permanent food truck park opened along NW 10th Street between the Midtown and Automobile Alley areas of Oklahoma City.

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World Views
12:50 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

World Views: October 3, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" protests in Hong Kong , and the closing arguments in the Bosnian war crimes trial of Radovan Karadžić in The Hague.

Later, a conversation with University of Waterloo political scientist Mariam Mufti. She studies electoral and party politics in South Asia, as well as democratization and regime change.

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Elections
9:02 am
Fri October 3, 2014

As Voter Registration Numbers Grow, Major Parties Now Neck And Neck

Credit WyoFile WyoFile / Flickr Creative Commons

More than two million Oklahomans will be eligible to vote in November’s general election, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Election Board.

About 2,014,000 Oklahomans are registered to vote, a net increase of more than 35,000 since Jan. 15, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax reported Wednesday.

Republicans now make up the largest share of voters since 1960 when the board began compiling statewide voter registration statistics, accounting for 43.6 percent of voters. Democrats make up 43.8 percent of the voters and still outnumber the GOP, according to the State Election Board, just 5,100 voters more than Republicans.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:35 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Lingering Drought, Low Wheat Yields Could Cause Higher Beef Prices

Cattle at the Oklahoma City Stockyards.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

On Wednesday Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus released figures showing it's been a dry September. Oklahoma only averaged 2.6 inches of rainfall, which is roughly 33 percent below normal.

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This is KGOU
11:34 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MAPPED: Three Years Of StateImpact Stories

Three years ago KGOU and our other public media colleagues in Oklahoma started a project with NPR called StateImpact Oklahoma.

After countless web stories and nearly 150 broadcast reports, the project's digital guru Joe Wertz created this Google map with a pin from every broadcast story they've reported and traveled to over the past 36 months.

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Oklahoma News
12:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Formal Charges Filed Against Moore Beheading Suspect

Alton Nolen in a 2011 photo from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Prosecutors in Cleveland County filed first-degree murder and assault charges Tuesday morning against a man accused of beheading a coworker in a workplace attack Thursday.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says Alton Nolen could face the death penalty for the murder of Colleen Hufford.

“Before that decision is made, I will talk to the family of Mrs. Hufford,” Mashburn says. “That decision is not fair to make without consulting with them first, but it’s definitely highly likely at this point.”

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Oklahoma News
8:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

NTSB Asks For Medical Records Of Semi Driver In Deadly Softball Bus Crash

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt and investigator-in-charge Jennifer Morrison view wreckage at the scene in Davis.
National Transportation Safety Board Flickr Public Domain

Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention caused a highway collision that killed four members of a Texas college softball team.

Monday the Oklahoma Highway Patrol again declined to say what may have distracted 53-year-old Russell Staley from Saginaw, Tex. at the time of the crash Friday night.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said the agency has obtained and delivered subpoenas for Staley's medical records.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Colleagues Reflect On Gov. Henry Bellmon's Education Legacy

Henry Bellmon, Oklahoma's 18th and 23rd governor and two-term U.S. Senator
State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s first Republican governor is considered an architect of the state’s hallmark education movement.

Both opponents and allies of Henry Bellmon described him as the moving force for the 1990 passage of House Bill 1017 that mandated better teacher pay, smaller class sizes and curriculum reform.

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