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
1:41 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Rate of Harrington Patients' Positive Hepatitis C Tests in Line with National Infection Rate

Credit KWGS News

The first round of results are in from testing of former patients of oral surgeon Dr. W. Scott Harrington. 

So far 57 have tested positive for hepatitis C and three have tested positive for hepatitis B.

The Tulsa Health Department's Kaitlin Snider says of positive test results for HIV, "All we can confirm is less than three."

Snyder says it's important to understand that without further investigation, it is premature to conclude that these positive test results were the result of contamination at Harrington's office.

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Local & Regional
6:11 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

City Freezes Hiring

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Mayor Bartlett announces a hiring freeze for the City of Tulsa.

The Mayor says the freeze is a way to get out ahead of the last few months of lower-than-expected sales tax revenues.

He doesn’t expect the freeze to last very long and says they’ll be reevaluating approximately every month.

He also said the City will focusing on decreasing overtime hours for City employees as a way to save money. 

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Mon April 15, 2013

State Measure Would Target Sharia Law

The legislature’s Counterterrorism Caucus worries about Islamic law in America’s courts. The caucus brought the founder of the Center for Security, Frank Gaffney, to Oklahoma City to discuss what he feels are the dangers.

“That is a fight against a doctrine that is our generation’s most serious, and I believe most potential, mortal peril. The adherence to it: call it, Sharia,” Gaffney says.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Tulsa Wins Worst Parking Crater

Credit Courtesy City of Tulsa

Tulsa wins a dubious honor: the “Golden Crater” championship of Streetsblog’s contest for Worst Parking Crater in a U.S. downtown.

Photos on the blog show an aerial view of the southern half of downtown, as well as two photos looking north toward the BOK Tower from Boston Avenue, one from 1978 and one from 2005.

Voting ended today in the March-Madness-style contest. Tulsa beat out Houston in the “final four” and Milwaukee in the championship.

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Local & Regional
1:15 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

OU Clinics Recognized for Primary Care

With help from a federal grant that reimburses healthcare providers based on factors other than face-to-face visits, OU is implementing a new model of primary care: the patient-centered medical home.

“Patients are beginning to experience that they belong, or are a member, an engaged member of a medical team,” said Dr. Daniel Duffy, Dean of the OU School of Community Medicine, “and are seeing a variety of health providers in a visit.”

The model is based on a team of providers, rather than a single doctor.

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Local & Regional
5:02 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Workers Rally in Tulsa for Pipeline

Ralliers came from across the country to support Keystone XL construction.
Credit KWGS News

A Keystone XL rally brings out crowds—in support of the pipeline. They’re Pipeliners Union workers and family members.

The rally at the Pipeliners local 798 in Tulsa drew workers from across the country, many of whom regularly travel widely for jobs.

Many expressed enthusiasm for the Keystone XL, which would pipe crude from Canada, not just because it would provide jobs in their industry, but also because of concerns about dependence on foreign oil. 

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Local & Regional
5:25 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

47 Meth-Related Arrest Warrants Issued in Tulsa

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris holds up a gun seized during the course of the investigation. U.S. Attorney Danny Williams, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver and Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan listen as Harris explains the trafficking problem.
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On the heels of a large number of meth-trafficking related arrests in Oklahoma City earlier this week, investigators shut down a major methamphetamine pipeline in Tulsa.

The two cases aren’t related, but U.S. Attorney for Oklahoma’s Northern District Danny Williams says it’s indicative of a larger trend.

“What we’re seeing at the federal level is, we’re not talking about the shake-and-bake,” Williams said. “We’re talking about multi-pounds, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of meth. It is big-time business.”

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Local & Regional
8:24 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Osage Update Drilling Regulations

An oil leak near Skiatook Lake is an example of an incident of what landowners say are unsafe practices in the county.
Credit Courtesy OCCA

The Osage Negotiated Rulemaking Committee finishes up revisions to its oil and gas regulations. Jeff Henry with the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association says the results are disappointing.

“The net effect is nothing really got changed,” he said. “There were a couple changes that were included that we consider to be somewhat minor.”

The Cattlemen’s Association is advocating for updates to the rules that would bring them into alignment with all other counties in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
7:56 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two For Meth Trafficking

Two suspects, one from Tulsa and one from Austin, are indicted in federal court for conspiracy and possession of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

The suspects are Gonzalo Ponce-Arturez, 35, from Austin, Texas, and Raven Frederick-Holmes, 31, from Tulsa.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma Danny Williams' office released a statement, part of which follows:

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Tulsa Athletics Will Become a Big East Team

TU President Steadman Upham and new Golden Hurricane Athletic Director Derrick Gragg announce to move to the Big East.
Credit KWGS News

It's official - the University of Tulsa is moving to the Big East athletic conference.

The move will be effective 2014.

TU President Steadman Upham said the move will resurrect old rivalries between other TU and other teams that recently left Conference-USA.

He also said the move will allow TU to compete on the highest possible level.

TU won 49 conference championships in C-USA.

The move will affect all TU sports, not just football or basketball.

The Big East will change its name in July.

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