Brian Hardzinski

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.

The Children's Society

Governor Mary Fallin and the Department of Human Services announce a new initiative to bolster Oklahoma’s ranks of foster families.

DHS Director Ed Lake said they have an ambitious goal with the Oklahoma Fosters initiative: recruit 1,000 new families by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

"And I want to assure you, this isn't just to meet our goals in the Pinnacle Plan," Lake said. "This is the right way to serve children who are abused and neglected and can't go home."

Oklahoma DOC

Attorneys for an Oklahoma death row inmate say new evidence supports his claim of innocence.

Richard Glossip will be executed Wednesday for the 1997 slaying of his boss, Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese. Glossip’s attorneys said maintenance man Justin Sneed lied about being hired to kill the Van Treese and won't come forward because he's worried about a harsher sentence.

They also claimed police interrogated Sneed with techniques proven to elicit false statements, and said witnesses testified he had a bad drug habit.

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Governor Mary Fallin joined three fellow Republican chief executives in Colorado Tuesday night to discuss what's working in their states.

Fallin, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory outlined their approach to economic, health and immigration problems as part of a panel discussion at the Aspen Institute.

Fallin told the audience she finds some common ground with Democrats when it comes to criminal justice. She met briefly with President Obama last week as he visited Oklahoma to push for corrections reform.

Over the last decade, the foreign-born population in Mexico has nearly doubled, and the country is turning into an immigrant destination – especially for American citizens.

The New York Times reported Sunday that International Monetary Fund data shows Mexico’s economy outpaced the United States, Canada and Brazil in 2011 and 2012.

University of Oklahoma International and Area Studies Professor Alan McPherson is an expert on U.S.-Latin America relations. He says Mexico’s economy is more diverse than it’s ever been, but there’s a downside to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other aspects of globalization.

The U.S. Senate resumed consideration Thursday of the House continuing resolution to fund the government for the next fiscal year that begins Tuesday.

But Oklahoma's junior U.S.  Senator says he won't vote for any continuing resolution. Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says CRs don't allow managers at federal agencies any opportunity for long-term planning.

Environmentally-conscious waste disposal has been a mainstream movement for nearly half-a-decade, but journalist Emma Marris says conservation in the modern era can go beyond the mantra of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

Chesapeake Energy Corp. reportedly laid off dozens of employees Tuesday as part of an ongoing restructuring under its new chief executive.

In an email to employees of the Oklahoma City-based energy giant, CEO Doug Lawler said 86 employees from several departments lost their jobs.

The NCAA women's basketball tournament's Sweet 16 round continues Sunday, with No. 1 overall seed Baylor taking on No. 5 University of Louisville. Baylor is the defending national champion, and is widely considered the team to beat in this tournament.

Baylor has been one of the most successful women's programs in the nation since head coach Kim Mulkey's first national championship in 2005. The Lady Bears have lost only one game in the past two seasons, and Brooklyn Pope, the lone graduate student on the roster, says they're mentally tougher in 2013.