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.


Native American
11:47 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Muscogee (Creek) Citizen Sarah Deer Among MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ Recipients

William Mitchell College of Law professor and 2014 MacArthur fellow Sarah Deer
Provided John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

A law professor from Minnesota and citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma has been named one of nearly two dozen MacArthur Fellows.

Sarah Deer has served as an assistant professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law since 2009, where she focuses on violent crime on Native American reservations.

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8:46 am
Tue September 16, 2014

AD Says Ray Rice Videos Might Make University Of Oklahoma Think Twice In Future Recruiting

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The Ray Rice video will affect how colleges handle players who are involved with domestic issues. University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted to Sports Illustrated that the school probably would not have admitted star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was kicked out of Missouri for alleged violence against his girlfriend, if the decision had to be made today.
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Castiglione stressed that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting Green-Beckham. His stance that OU may not take Green-Beckham now is simply reflective of how the scrutiny level has changed.
World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

World Views: September 12, 2014

Joshua Landis explains President Obama's strategy to confront ISIS without pursuing the kind of nation building projects that past administrations have attempted. 

Rebecca Cruise reports on the pros and cons of a possible Scottish independence including questions of currency, EU membership, industry and nationalism.

Later in the program, an interview with Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago exploring her ties to her native country and her relationship with art and activism.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
The White House YouTube

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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Politics and Government
9:02 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Coburn: Feds Have No Place In State And Local Law Enforcement

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says the federal government should have no role in the country's local and state police forces.

Homeland Security, Justice, and Defense department senior officials testified Tuesday before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee oversight hearing.

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12:16 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

McGuinness Sues OSSAA, Challenges Classification

The gates at Bishop McGuinness Pribil Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Charles Woner Wikimedia Commons

A Catholic high school in Oklahoma City says its sports teams shouldn't have to compete against schools nearly seven times as large.

Bishop McGuinness High School sued the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association on Monday, alleging the group is violating its rights and endangering its pupils. It has asked for a temporary restraining order.

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8:44 am
Tue September 9, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Testing Samples For Respiratory Illness

Oklahoma and nine other states have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help figure out what's causing a recent spike in emergency room visits due to a severe respiratory illness in children.

Public health officials suspect it may be caused by enterovirus D-68, an uncommon strain of a family of viruses that typically hit from summertime through the fall.

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Business and Economy
7:46 am
Mon September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Mick Cornett Describes Oklahoma City's Vibrancy On 'Meet The Press'

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett participated in a discussion Sunday about how mayors in several major American cities are changing the way government works. Cornett appeared alongside Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Tacoma, Washington Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Sunday's episode of Meet The Press.

Oklahoma City's Republican chief executive has advocated for tax increases in the past, and he told the show's moderator Chuck Todd residents differentiate between the type of government they don't mind paying for and the type they don't like to pay for.

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World Views
12:23 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

World Views: September 5, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis discuss the turmoil in Iraq caused by ISIS. Rebecca Cruise reports on state of Ukraine and its possible cease fire with Russia.

Later in the program, an interview with Boston College Near East Historian and political scientist Franck Salameh about the many dialects of Arabic and the future of teaching it.

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Oklahoma News
8:39 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Muslim Group Wants Apology For Lawmaker's Facebook Post, State GOP Disagrees

Credit Facebook

The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations wants state Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw) to apologize for saying people should be wary of those who are “Muslim American” in a Facebook post.

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