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. 


Local & Regional
5:37 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

TU Students Turn Senior Projects into Community Service

One of the Little Lighthouse students prepares to test out the Surfin' Tubes.
Credit KWGS News

University of Tulsa engineering students present two new projects to the Little Lighthouse.

One is a slide made out of conveyor rollers that can be converted into a table and a seesaw. It’s called the Surfin’ Tubes.

The other is a remote controlled vehicle that the children can drive. It’s called the Magic Rider.

The devices are the results of the TU students’ senior design projects.

Therapists say projects like these help the special needs students develop cognitive and speech skills—and help them have fun.

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Local & Regional
5:27 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Immigration, Deficit Among Topics at Bridenstine Town Hall

The town hall at NSU Broken Arrow drew a crowd of over 75.
Credit KWGS News

First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine is in town this week. In a town hall, he leaves constituents with no doubt about where he stands on an impending debt ceiling battle.

“I am not against raising the debt limit,” he said. “I’m against raising the debt limit when we don’t have a solution to the trillion dollar deficits. We have to have a plan in place that gets us to a balanced budget, and apart from that, I won’t be voting to raise the debt limit.”

He received numerous questions from audience members about immigration reform—he said his priority is border security.

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Local & Regional
4:55 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

New Music Festival Planned For Brady District

The Guthrie Green stage will be one of the venues of the upcoming festival.
Credit KWGS News

Planners hope success in the Brady Arts District will continue this summer with the new Center of the Universe Festival, happening July 19th and 20th.

The festival will feature around 70 bands at various locations in the district.

Organizer Chris Lieberman says big acts will be on stages at Guthrie Green and outside Cain’s Ballroom, with smaller ones inside local venues.

Headliners will include OneRepublic and Neon Trees. Regional emerging bands can apply to perform on the smaller stages. The deadline to apply to perform is June 10th.

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Local & Regional
3:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Parents, Teens Will Receive Guidance on How to Have 'The Talk'

To recognize National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Tulsa Health Department will host a free workshop: Dress for the Occasion.

It’s for both teens and parents, and the goal is to facilitate discussions about sexual health and preventing teen pregnancy.

The Health Department’s Coordinator of Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Annette Leon, says that’s important, because Oklahoma is fifth in the nation in teen births.

“These births are costing us millions of dollars, over $192 million in 2008, to take care of teen pregnancy and the spinoffs thereof,” Leon said.

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Local & Regional
2:59 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Health Department Absorbs Costs of Harrington Investigation

Credit KWGS News File Photo

Each free screening for former patients of Scott Harrington costs about $195, according to the Tulsa Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider.

She says the expense isn’t causing problems for the Health Department right now.

“This is a representative of public health in action,” Snider said, “so we do consider this a core public health service, and we will adjust our budgets as necessary to accommodate whatever we need to as part of this investigation.”

She says over 3500 people have been tested so far.

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Local & Regional
7:48 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Barnard Site Will Not Be Sold for Rehab Facility

The school burned last fall.
Credit supplied

The site of the former Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences and Barnard Elementary will not be sold to a nursing home and rehab facility.

Tulsa Public Schools’ Chris Payne says that’s after some emphatic opposition from neighbors in last week’s public meeting. He says that opposition prompt the school district to take the proposal off the table.

He says it will take more public input to decide what to do with the property, and the School Board won’t be making a decision in the next few weeks, as it had originally planned.

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Local & Regional
5:07 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Woody Guthrie Center Opens

Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter, reads a poem he wrote.
Credit KWGS News

Woody Guthrie’s daughter Nora visits the soon-to-open Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa’s Brady District. She says she hopes her father’s legacy will speak not just to musicians.

“I’m just hoping that this center will expand,” she said, “and really connect to all walks of life, whether you’re an engineer, or a teacher, a scientist, an auto-mechanic—my dad wrote many songs about auto-mechanics as well.”

A ribbon cutting for the center will be held at 12:30 Saturday at 102 East Brady.

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Local & Regional
4:06 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Oil Tax, Natural Gas Tax Reduction Among New Policy Proposals

Five policy changes would be simple and feasible ways to reduce emissions and dependence on foreign oil.

That’s according to a proposal by the National Energy Policy Institute at the University of Tulsa. One of the report’s authors is journalist Charles Wohlforth.

“What it really is,” he explains, “is a demonstration that there are policies out there that are ready to be adopted that are low-cost and will have a big impact on these issues.”

“So there’s no excuse to say it’s too expensive, or the technology’s too expensive,” he said.

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Local & Regional
2:37 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

TPS Pushes For Bond Issue Approval

Tulsa Public Schools and its allies are advocating a vote of yes on an upcoming bond issue.

The initiative is worth $38 million, and would go to technology and safety concerns.

Specifically, TPS would like to ensure each school has at least one computer for every three students. Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard says that’s an intermediary goal for the district, which he says would like to have a one-to-one computer per student ratio in the coming years.

Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Laureate Institute Thinks Ahead on PTSD

More and more veterans are returning home from long years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many are able to reacclimate to their civilian lives with little trouble. Many others, however, struggle.

New study at Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research, funded by the Department of Defense, investigates a potential treatment for post traumatic stress disorder.

One of the current subjects is a war veteran with combat experience.

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