About Epic News

by Phil Cross

The EPIC News Network is a student-driven news organization created by EPIC Charter Schools.  The news network works with students to craft original stories from every corner of Oklahoma.  The program is open for junior and senior students enrolled in EPIC Charter Schools who are interested in journalism.  The news network also features the work of the co-directors of the program, veteran journalists M. Scott Carter and Phil Cross.

Students interested in joining the EPIC News Network can talk to their teacher or their graduation support manager.

EPIC News Network also accepts contributions from EPIC faculty and staff, click here for details on the submission guidelines. 

M. SCOTT CARTER – M. Scott is a sixth-generation Oklahoman with more than four decades of journalism experience. He is a four-time winner of the Associated Press-Oklahoma News Editors Sweepstakes Award and worked as the State Capitol Bureau Chief and an investigative reporter for the Journal Record for many years. Later in his career, he was an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Oklahoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Bill of Rights. Carter also taught journalism, feature writing and photojournalism at Oklahoma City Community College and served as the faculty adviser for the college’s student newspaper, The Pioneer.

He is also a published novelist and winner of the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award for Young Adults. Carter earned the 2012 Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction from the National Association of Independent Book Publishers and Foreword Magazine’s 2012 Good Award for YA Fiction.

Today, he is co-director of the Epic News Network, a statewide journalism program for high school students and teaches young journalists the importance of community journalism and quality storytelling.

Carter and his wife Karen have six children, two dogs and several poorly-behaved cats.

PHIL CROSS – Phil is an award-winning broadcast journalist who spent nearly 20-years working in television newsrooms across the Midwest and in Oklahoma.  His work was honored with a regional Emmy award along with multiple awards for investigative reporting, producing and photography by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Oklahoma Associated Press.  He was also nominated for two additional regional Emmy awards.  Phil’s work has been cited in news outlets around the globe and his work has been re-broadcast by national and international broadcasters. 

In addition to reporting, Phil enjoys videography, photography, and editing.  Phil hates vertical video.  When he’s not working you’ll find Phil enjoying Oklahoma with his wife and two daughters.