Catherine Roberts

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter

Catherine graduated from the University of Tulsa in May, 2012, and graduated from a part-time employee to a full-time reporter with Public Radio Tulsa just a few months later. Her undergraduate degrees are in economics and English. While she has been interested in journalism since high school, starting out at the Tulsa World teen section, Satellite, and later going on to run TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian, a student internship with KWGS News ignited her passion for radio. She has also served as an intern for the nationally syndicated American Public Media program Marketplace. Catherine is thrilled to be able to work at KWGS as she begins her reporting career. Her radio hero is Diane Rehm. She was named Favorite Radio Reporter by the Tulsa Press Club at the 2013 Newsies Awards. 

Ways to Connect

Arts and cultural programs in Oklahoma may have a harder time securing funding from the state in the coming fiscal year 2014.

That’s because sequester cuts have reduced the National Endowment for the Arts budget, which in turn has meant tightening at the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Director of Marketing Joel Gavin says it will likely impact agencies’ ability to collect private support as well.

“Private funders often ask if they have received an Oklahoma Arts Council grant,” he said, “or if they’ve received any sort of public funding, before they’ll commit.”

A Girl Scouts program that serves kids with incarcerated parents celebrates 10 years.

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars seeks to remedy the fact that 55 percent of Oklahoma children with an incarcerated mother have never visited her.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s Becky Carver says the George Kaiser Family Foundation is helping them celebrate the milestone with a matching grant.

It will be in effect through July 31st, and the Foundation will match all new and increased donations.

Networking, media and government relations are some of the topics of conversations at a conference for Oklahoma’s young professionals.

One attendee, Amber Neville, works for Miratech Corporation.

“Getting networked and engaged with some of these professionals on their level,” she said, “has been really inspiring, and also it’s nice to put a face to a name and make a peronsal connection with somebody.”

She’s particularly interested in perspectives on networking for the purposes of entrepreneurship.

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Eighteen million dollars—that’s the figure that’s been donated to the Red Cross so far for the Oklahoma tornado disasters in Moore and Shawnee.

“In this disaster, I think because of the scope of it, certainly the number of families who were affected, the number of children whose lives were lost,” said Donita Quesnel with the Tulsa Red Cross Chapter, “people across the country have been moved by the stories coming out of Oklahoma.”

She says there are still about 30 volunteers from Tulsa on the ground in the disaster locations, bringing meals and other help to victims.

Tulsa Airport Authority

  It’s a fictional scenario—a tornado in South Tulsa yesterday, and one that hits the airport today—but it’s the situation that airport and community disaster responders dealt with today as part of a full-scale drill.

Daniel Meier with the airport says the drill is mandated once every three years. He describes part of the scenario that was acted out.


  The City rededicates the BOK Center for its fifth anniversary.

Mayor Bartlett recognized former mayor Bill LaFortune and former County Commissioner Bob Dick for their work on developing Vision 2025, of which the BOK Center was a part.

“I always said, hey, as a citizen, I’m so very proud of it,” LaFortune said, “but it means a lot today, to actually be on the placard, as one of the people that helped lead the effort for this.”

The venue has brought in more than $10 million in sales tax for Tulsa.

A project long in the making comes into being. The Shoppes on Peoria, north of the Gateway Market at Pine and North Peoria, will have a grand opening Saturday.

Six businesses have opened there this year with more to come. One of them is the Tropical Smoothie Café.

Tim Smallwood is the owner of the café, his second in Tulsa. The first location is in South Tulsa, at the Tulsa Hills shopping center.

The North Tulsa store is only about two months old. He says part of the motivation for selecting the new location was his memory of growing up in the area.


A shopping and entertainment district popped up for a day on the corner of 36th Street North and North Peoria Saturday.

Tulsa’s Young Professionals hosted Street CReD to highlight business and development opportunities in the area.

Tracie Chandler is President of the North Star Neighborhood Association. She says that the event is on target, because it’s business development, not charitable institutions, that will fuel improvement in the area.

“We need money in this area,” she said. “We have money to spend, but, spend it on what?”


Tulsa’s Young Professionals Urbanist Crew will host its annual event—Street CReD—this Saturday.

It’s designed to highlight business and development opportunities in overlooked areas of town. The first event—two years ago—was in the Pearl District, followed last year by the Red Fork Main Street in West Tulsa.

This year the site will be 36th Street North and North Peoria.

Past Success

Letter carriers across the country work to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

You can leave nonperishable food for your letter carrier on Saturday—in Tulsa the food drive will benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Dawna Hurst is coordinator of the letter carrier’s food drive for this area.

She says last year carriers collected around 80,000 pounds of food for the Tulsa area.

Stamp Out Hunger is part of the Food Bank’s current Food for Families and Letter Carriers Food Drive.