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
3:17 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

FEMA on Site of Creek County Fire

This was the first stop on FEMA's tour of every property damaged by the fire.
Catherine Roberts

FEMA is on the scene in Creek County. Four teams are in Oklahoma today inspecting wildfire damage. The team in Creek County began its tour of the damage on State Highway 48.

“What the assessment teams do is take down the address of every home, structure, living dwelling that was affected or destroyed by the fire,” said Ray Perez, FEMA spokesman. “We basically have to document every single property that was damaged or destroyed by the fire.”

He says it will likely take a few days to cover the almost 60,000 acres of burned land, especially since most of the area is rural.

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Local & Regional
6:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Local Angle on Interplanetary Story

TU Geosciences Professor, Dr. Peter Michael
Courtesy the University of Tulsa

As the Mars Curiosity Rover begins its surface mission, scientists like University of Tulsa geosciences professor Dr. Peter Michael prepare to make use of the information it sends to earth.

He says he’s interested in the Martian ocean, “for example, what the salinity was in terms of how much salt there was, and what the chemical composition of the salt was in the Martian ocean—and how it got there, compared to how it gets into the Earth’s ocean,” he said.

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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Fallin Pays Visit to Mannford Fire Sites

The McKellars sift through the remains of their burned home.
KWGS News

Governor Fallin says the state is doing all it can to assist local efforts to fight fires.

Yesterday she toured an emergency command center and damage in the Mannford area.

At its largest, that fire covered over 57,000 acres, and had a 56-mile long fire line.

The Mannford command center, at the intersection of State Highways 33 and 48, will coordinate efforts this week to battle new fires as they occur in the area.

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Local & Regional
2:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Fight over Franklin Park to Continue

The Franklin Park community center is in disrepair.
KWGS News

Local residents suing the City of Tulsa over the proposed demolition of the B.C. Franklin Park community center will drop a restraining order application against the City.

That’s in exchange for the City agreeing not to touch the center until a Tulsa County District Court judge can decide whether to grant a temporary injunction against the demolition.

“We want the building renovated. We want it refurbished,” said petitioners’ attorney Anna Benn. “We want the City to spend the tax dollars that were allocated on the refurbishing of the building; we don’t want a splash pad.”

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Local & Regional
12:40 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Drought Not Yet Harming River Shipping

KWGS News

No end in sight to the drought. But the Port of Catoosa isn’t worried about low water causing problems on the Arkansas.

“The (Army Corps of Engineers) does an excellent job of maintaining the pools; they take the necessary measures to ensure navigation,” said the Port’s David Yarbrough. “But … we connect to the Mississippi River, and if they, down the road for whatever reasons, if there are impacts on navigation … even though our system will be navigable, we’ll have no place to go.”

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Local & Regional
5:35 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Lufthansa to Add Tulsa Jobs

Lufthansa displays one of its Boeing 737 jets at the Tulsa Technik Component Services headquarters.
KWGS News

It faced major layoffs during the recession—but now, Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance company for German airline Lufthansa, announces it will add as many as 90 jobs over the next few years.

The company’s Dr. Thomas Steuger says it will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. It has already added significant square footage to its Tulsa facility.

Local & Regional
11:30 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Community Center Comes Down

The demolition of Turner Park Community Center begins.
Catherine Roberts

Construction crews are reducing the old Turner Park Community Center to rubble. They’ve been at it since 7 a.m. today.

It’s the first step of the City Parks Department’s plan to tear down seven community centers in Tulsa to make room for new amenities.

Turner Park will have new walking trails, better lighting and a pavilion.

Local & Regional
5:28 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Conference Provides Police Chief Training

This police car is on display outside the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel, where the Annual Training Conference and Exhibit will hold tomorrow's technology expo.
KWGS News

Social media, the legislative process, grant writing—not exactly the kinds of topics you might think street-level cops would need to cover.

And you’d be right. These are a few seminar topics for the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police’s Annual Training Conference.

The Association’s interim director Phil Cotten says that things like gang or narcotics investigation are topics more often covered in training for rank-and-file officers and detectives.

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Local & Regional
9:43 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Health Network Prepares to Go Live

A year ago in May, the federal government awarded a new nonprofit company in Tulsa $12 million to implement a secure, online network for patient medical data.

A year into the Beacon Community Award, the network is almost ready to launch. It’s called MyHealth Access Network, and it’s designed to help Oklahoma healthcare providers face some of the most basic challenges in the industry.

Struggling Towns

You might say that rural Oklahoma’s first problem when it comes to healthcare is lack of access. But not enough doctors is just the beginning.

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Local & Regional
11:23 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Oklahoma Ranks 40th in Latest Kids Count Report

Kids at play
File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new study that ranks Oklahoma 40th overall in children's issues says the number of children living in poverty rose by 9 percent from 2005 to 2010.

The overall ranking is an improvement from 43rd last year.

The 2012 Kids Count report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation also found the teenage birth rate up 11 percent from 2005-2009 in the state.

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