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. 

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Local & Regional
5:14 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Turley Community Garden Seeks Online Voting Help

The unincorporated community of Turley north of Tulsa needs your help earning $50,000 in grant money from the natural personal-care products company Tom’s of Maine.

The grant would go to creating a community teaching kitchen and greenhouse, as part of Turley’s A Third Place Community Foundation’s “Miracle Among the Ruins” project, which is tackling the area’s severe food insecurity problem.

It has already built a community garden and orchard through the help of other grants.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Family & Children's Services: Suicide Is Preventable

This week, social service agencies are asking you to pay close attention to gloomy friends: it’s National Suicide Prevention Week.

Ann Jenkins with the Family & Children’s Services Community Outreach Psychiatric Emergency Services program says to watch for some common warning signs: “people talking about death or suicide, saying things like, ‘You’ll be better off when I’m gone, you won’t have to worry about me.’ It can also be them actually purchasing a firearm or the means to kill themselves.”

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Local & Regional
3:47 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Manufacturing Features in Mayor's State of the City

KWGS News

Mayor Bartlett delivered his State of the City earlier today at a Tulsa Metro Chamber luncheon. He spoke about Vision 2, manufacturing in Tulsa, and public safety, among other topics. Listen here to his plan to attract and train skilled employees for Tulsa’s manufacturing sector.

Local & Regional
10:35 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Charter School Starts Over in New Building

Steven Sharpe (right) welcomes students and families to TSAS's second new building this year.
Catherine Roberts

For the Tulsa School of Arts and Science, this is the second first day of school in three weeks, one day after a fire devastated its new building, the former Barnard Elementary.

TSAS Director Eric Doss says they’re letting people know how they can help.

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Local & Regional
11:46 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Class Resumes Tomorrow for Charter High School Destroyed by Fire

The Sequoya Elementary will be TSAS's temporary new home.
KWGS News

At All Souls Unitarian Church, where the community of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences gathered this morning after news that a fire had devastated the school building, cheers went up when principal Liesa Smith announced that students would not have to enroll at other high schools.

“TSAS will not be dismantled,” she told students. “You will not be sent off to other schools.”

That word comes despite the school’s new building, the former Barnard Elementary School at 17th and Lewis, going up in explosive flames early this morning.

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Former B.A. Superindendent Indicted on Two Felonies

Tulsa County Court House
KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury indicts James David Sisney, former Broken Arrow School Superintendent, on two felony charges.

Sisney’s plea is not guilty, both to a count of bribery and to a count of conspiracy against a school district.

A corporation, Windstream Communications, was also named in the indictment, but did not enter a plea in court Thursday.

There have been allegations in the past the Sisney accepted tickets to the Final Four from Windstream while the company was a vendor for Broken Arrow schools. 

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Local & Regional
10:19 am
Thu August 30, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Local Undocumented Immigrant Applies for Deferred Action

It’s only a little over two weeks since President Obama opened up deferred action status to certain undocumented young people.

Many in the Hispanic community have been busy filling out the paperwork and gathering the necessary evidence to qualify for deferred action, which would grant two years of safety from deportation.

Eighteen-year-old Pedro (not his real name) is one of them.

Much To Gain

Pedro has a lot of signatures to scrawl, on a stack of formidable-looking federal forms.

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Local & Regional
12:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Officials Break Ground on Early Childhood Center Expansion

Union and CAP officials break ground, with the help of students (from left) Andi, Santi and Kareem.
Catherine Roberts

Union Public Schools and the Community Action project plan to almost double the size of the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center.

Union Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burton says all eight new classrooms will not necessarily fill up immediately, “but that is giving us an opportunity to grow.”

Officials broke ground on the expansion today.

“The beauty is that the children from this program,” Burton said, “spread out all across Union schools.”

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Local & Regional
11:53 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Bankruptcy Filing Postpones Sale of Tulsa Club

The Tulsa Club building at 5th and Cincinatti currently sits vacant.
KWGS News

The vacant Tulsa Club building won’t be sold just yet—a scheduled sheriff’s sale auction of the property was canceled earlier today.

That’s because its owner, C.J. Morony, transferred the property’s title to his company, Shamrock Asset Holdings LLC in Nevada, which then declared bankruptcy yesterday.

David Dryer, Morony’s attorney, explained that his client is “attempting to preserve the equity in the building so that he can get time to communicate with some buyers that are looking at the building.”

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Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Food Bank Branch Opens in Oklahoma

The Norwood family: (from left) Louis Sr., Vickie, Louis Jr., Kristle, George, Louise, Tammy and William, with (in front) Jesse Waldrich, Louis Sr.'s granddaughter
Catherine Roberts

Economists, politicians, journalists—everyone likes to point to the unemployment rate as an indicator of how far we’ve come since the worst of the recession.

In Oklahoma, for instance, (as of today) we’re at 4.9 percent unemployment, down from its peak of 7.2 percent, back in February of 2010.

That sounds like pretty good news. But ongoing need—especially among the area’s hungry—hasn’t necessarily diminished at the same rate.

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