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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
6:55 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Form Based Coding Debated

KWGS News File photo

Questions are numerous. The debate among Tulsans is heated.

This at a public meeting on new form based coding for one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. The meeting on the Pearl District was held last night. Tulsa City Planning Director Dawn Warrick was not discouraged. She says they will continue to refine the message so that it is easier to understand.

Warrick and the City Planning Department staff will present the attendee's comments at the next Tulsa Metro Area Planning Commission meeting. That meeting is set for August 1st

Local & Regional
11:16 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Deadline for Application to New Health Initiative Approaches

It’s difficult to talk about healthcare in Oklahoma without also talking about how we lag behind most other states in key areas—at least one study by the Commonwealth Foundation ranks us dead last in overall healthcare.

The recent kerfuffle over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act has focused on the individual mandate, Medicaid Expansion and medical exchanges. One thing that hasn’t been getting talked about is an organization established by the ACA: the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Trash Cart Delivery Begins

Crews deliver new trash and recycling carts.

New trash carts are being delivered to Tulsans. The first areas of town to be served are West Tulsa (everything south and west of the Arkansas River) and the section of the city north of I-244 and east of Yale.

“Today we’ll deliver approximately 900 carts. That’s the schedule for the first few weeks,” said Gary Percefull with NeWSolutions, the City of Tulsa’s contracted company in charge of trash and recycling collection.

Later, additional crews will be added, speeding up the delivery process.

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Local & Regional
6:56 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Owasso Police Brutality Case to be Appealed

An Owasso Police car
KWGS News File photo

The city of Owasso won’t accept the decision of an arbiter in the case of Michael Denton.

Denton was caught on tape elbowing a man, Bryan Spradlin, in the face, while bringing him in for arrest.

An arbiter in the case ruled that the action didn’t warrant Denton losing his job, and directed Owasso to re-hire him.

City Manager Rodney Ray announced today that he’s asked city attorneys to appeal that ruling in Tulsa County district court.

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Local & Regional
2:53 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Family & Children's Services seeking Care Card partners

The Christmas shopping season is a long way off, but a few area merchants are getting a jump start.

Tomorrow is the last day for local businesses to sign up to be a part of Family & Children’s Services’ Care Card promotion.

Businesses agree to offer a discount on some merchandise during the Care Card period, this year Nov. 1–11. 

Customers can purchase the cards for $50, and those proceeds go to F&CS.

Rochelle Dowdell is special events coordinator for F&CS. She says the money Care Card brings in helps to address more immediate needs.

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Local & Regional
8:05 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Commission Discusses Pearl District Planning

The Pearl District is east of downtown Tulsa

The Tulsa Metro Area Planning Commission asks that city planners hold public informational meetings for citizens before it makes a recommendation about the use of form-based coding in Tulsa’s Pearl District. The Pearl District is just east of the downtown area.

Form-based coding would focus more on the façade and structure of buildings in the district, rather than on the specific use of the land.

Dawn Warrick, City of Tulsa Planner, presented the findings about form-based coding to the Commission yesterday.

Local & Regional
6:36 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Belgian company to locate in Stillwater

Governor Fallin announced today, from her visit to the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom, that Stillwater will be the recipient of some new foreign investment.

The Belgian aerospace company ASCO Inc. will open a plant there. The firm designs and builds parts for companies like Airbus and Boeing.

“We think it’s exciting news for Oklahoma,” said Arnella Karges, who serves on the Aerospace Committee for the State Camber of Oklahoma.

“My understanding is that they will mostly try to hire locally,” she said.

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Local & Regional
2:44 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Third drowning in one week has officials encouraging lifejackets

  • Hear Ed Fite describe this week's three deaths.

The Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission’s Ed Fite doesn’t know for sure why this week has seen such an unusual number of river-related deaths in Oklahoma.

“It’s got me scratching what hair I have left on the top of my head, trying to figure that out,” Fite said.

What he does know, however, is how preventable tragic accidents can be.

“In my 30 years, I’ve never recovered a drowning victim’s body that was wearing a lifejacket,” he said.

Yesterday’s drowning in Tahlequah was the third this week. Fite says it’s likely alcohol played a role in that death.

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Local & Regional
2:11 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Students need most help from Food Bank during summer


The hot weather is hard on many relief organizations looking to help the needy of Oklahoma, but for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, it’s not the biggest challenge over the summer.

“The Tulsa Public School system has said that 79 percent of the kids in the Tulsa Public School system are on the free and reduced meals for breakfast and lunch,” said Food Bank spokeswoman Susan Tilkin.

Students who are out of school for the summer don’t get that benefit over the break.

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Local & Regional
7:49 am
Mon July 2, 2012

New trash routes smooth so far in Tulsa

City of Tulsa Trash Truck
KWGS News File photo


It’s day one of Tulsa’s new trash-pickup system: so far, so good, according to the City.

“I wish there was something exciting to report,” said the City’s Liz Hunt. “For those residents who have a Monday collection day, those routes are being serviced.”

She says residents should be sure to bag their trash.

Recycling pickup is currently suspended, “until customers receive their new refuse and recycling carts,” Hunt said.

Delivery of those carts will begin the week of July 16, and customers can start to use the carts as soon as they receive them.

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