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
3:55 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Free meningitis vaccinations available tomorrow

Qualified Vaccines for Children program candidates will have an opportunity to receive free meningitis immunizations Thursday afternoon at four locations in Tulsa. These are: 

Caring Van at the Tulsa Count Health Department (315 S. Utica Ave.)

Caring Van at Reasor's (1885 S. Yale Ave.)

OSU Physicians Eastgate Metroplex (14002 E. 21st St., Suite 1130)

OSU Healthcare Center (2345 S.W. Blvd.)

Immunizations will be available from 4–7 p.m.

Local & Regional
4:09 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Medical graduates show off new skill

Dr. Amanda Miles, with her charcoal drawing "Boots and Roots"
Catherine Roberts


The University of Oklahoma’s Schusterman center’s most recent group of medical school graduates will go on to their internships and residencies with all the necessary skills to succeed as doctors.

Nine of them, however, will have one extra skill most of them never expected to acquire: art.

Art Class for Doctors

About 20 or so drawings and paintings stand on the far right of Founder’s Hall at the OU-Tulsa campus. Staff members are finishing the set up for the graduation ceremony of the newest group of M.D.s.

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Local & Regional
1:55 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Gandhi Grandson Speaks in Tulsa


It’s the second day of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation’s national symposium, which this year is themed “The Politics of Reconciliation.”

Two events tonight are free and open to the public. The first, at 3:30, is a town hall meeting featuring former Tulsa Mayors Kathy Taylor and Susan Savage and former Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb.

The second is a keynote address featuring the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Rajmohan Gandhi, a professor the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne’s Center for South Asia and Middle Eastern Studies.

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Local & Regional
2:15 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Zoo hosts sea lion birthday

Briney and Dorsey the California sea lions
Tulsa Zoo


In most places, school’s out for summer. That means more visitors to the Tulsa Zoo, just in time for the birthday of its two California sea lions, Briney and Dorsey.

Briney is 26 and Dorsey is 19 as of May 29.

The zoo’s Curator of Behavioral Husbandry Marcie Tarvid says typical sea lions live into their late 20s to early 30s.

“But we’re not telling Briney that,” Tarvid said.

Tarvid gave a talk to a group of zoo guests as the sea lions participated in enrichment to celebrate their birthday.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Symposium to focus on 'The Politics of Reconciliation'


The anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riot approaches. One of the ways that the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation commemorates that is by hosting its annual symposium, now in its third year.

This year’s theme is “The Politics of Reconciliation.”

The symposium will run May 30—June 1 at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

Two of the major events are free and open to the public. The first is a Town Hall panel.

Hannibal Johnson is chair of the National Advisory Committee for the symposium.

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Local & Regional
2:45 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Kaiser Foundation seeks input on new park

Part of the space where the Gathering Place will be
KWGS News File Photo


The public is invited to two open meetings tonight and tomorrow about a new park on Riverside Drive.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation owns the land east of Riverside between 26th Place and 33rd Place. It’s been developing plans to turn the land into a multi-faceted urban green space.

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Local & Regional
2:03 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Tulsans urge lawmakers for money for OK POP


There’s just one week left in the legislative session, and Tulsa leaders hope lawmakers will turn their attention to the prospective Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture.

With a budget agreement reached, lawmakers will turn their attention to a few bond issues, one of which is worth $42.5 million, and would provide the necessary funding to start construction of the museum.

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Local & Regional
5:46 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Students rally for immigration reform


It’s the goal of immigrant youth-led advocacy group United We Dream to achieve equality to access to higher education for all, and specifically undocumented immigrants.

Today was a national day of action for the group, and local affiliate Dream Act Oklahoma was one of the participants.

Chanting messages like, “Education not deportation,” students rallied at 6th and Boston downtown today during lunchtime.

Kasey Hughart is a cofounder of Dream Act Oklahoma who helped organize today’s rally.

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Local & Regional
4:19 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

TU, Cherokee Nation create new scholarship

Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker signs the scholarship agreement with the University of Tulsa.
Catherine Roberts


The University of Tulsa and the Cherokee Nation today added a chapter to what Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker called the two bodies’ “long and storied history.”

The school announced a new scholarship endowment, worth $1 million, created from a two-to-one matching grant by the school on the tribe’s donation of a third of a million.

“Education and the Cherokee Nation go hand in hand,” Chief Baker said, citing the tribe’s long history of working to educate its people, perhaps most famously through the efforts of Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.

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Local & Regional
3:48 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Former City Building Sells


One more former City Hall building sold today, for $650,000. It went to a group of the Snyder family’s investors, who also purchased the “Old City Hall” building in 2010.

The Center Office Building, sold at auction today, is located at 707 S. Houston Avenue.

Bryan Bickle, one of the investors, made the winning bid. He says no one’s sure yet what the building will be turned into.

He does think he got a good price.

“It’s right next to a lot of institutional places,” he said. “That’s the key thing in any type of real estate.”

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