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
10:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Bills Would Require Life-Preserving Treatments

Twin bills, entitled the Nondiscrimination in Treatment Act, have passed in the House and Senate and moved to committee in the opposite chambers.

The measures would require healthcare professionals to provide life-preserving treatments to any patient regardless of whether they’re elderly, disabled, or terminally ill.

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Local & Regional
3:21 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Harrell Recognized as Hero

Mayor Bartlett and Police Chief Chuck Jordan listen as Mike Harrell describes the incident.
Credit KWGS News

The City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Police Department recognize Mike Harrell for his quick action saving two women from a dog attack.

“I’m very, very thankful for being in the right place at the right time,” Harrell said, “and being able to have the right equipment.”

Harrell shot and killed the dog as it was in the process of two church volunteers last month.

Mayor Bartlett says Harrell’s quick action in saving the two women shows both Harrell’s heroism and the importance of Second Amendment rights.

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Local & Regional
3:54 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Local Dentist May Have Exposed Patients to Risk of Blood-borne Infection

State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley, Oklahoma Board of Dentistry Executive Director Susan Rogers and Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart encourage anyone potentially exposed to visit the Health Department's free clinic.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa Health Department is notifying patients of dentist Scott Harrington of a potential of infection from hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV.

The Health Department’s Dr. Bruce Dart says they’re sending notices to patients from 2007 and later, but that any patient of Harrington’s should get tested at the free clinic to be set up by the Health Department.

“If you’ve ever been a patient of Dr. Harrington’s, come to our clinic,” Dart said.

The clinic will be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, and then regular hours will be 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Local & Regional
3:18 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Agenda 21 Bill Criticized

The Oklahoma chapter of the Sierra Club says it opposes a bill, approved by the State House of Representatives, that would limit the activities related to the U.N.’s “Agenda 21,” an initiative designed to help cities become more environmentally sustainable.

The Sierra Club’s David Ocamb says unintended consequences could affect the ability of state universities to conduct sustainability research.

“All of these programs are political subdivisions of the state, and are at risk from this preposterous piece of legislation,” Ocamb said.

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Local & Regional
4:34 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Events Will Educate on Marriage Equality Laws

Credit The Religious Left.org

Legal lectures and panel discussions about marriage equality laws will take place in the evenings all this week at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.

Toby Jenkins is the Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality.

“We felt like it was important that we educated and gave Tulsans the proper information about the marriage equality hearings that are going on at the Supreme Court,” Jenkins said.

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Local & Regional
3:13 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Water Rates May Rise

Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority proposes another increase in water and wastewater rates.

The increase would be seven percent for water and nine percent for sewer.

The City’s Water and Sewer Director Clayton Edwards says that’s about on par with rate increases of the previous few years.

“Last year when we had similar rates for an average customer,” Edwards said, “it increased the monthly bill about $3.75.”

“We’re probably looking at a similar increase,” he said, in the “neighborhood of three, four dollars increase per month.”

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Local & Regional
2:40 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Audit Complete on OKC Bombing Survivor Fund

Credit OKC Bombing Memorial

  The finding of an audit of the Oklahoma City bombing Disaster Relief Fund for survivors is that “the overwhelming majority of survivor requests were funded in some way.”

The audit was conducted by BDK, LLP.

Holly Sweet with survivor advocacy group the Survivor Tree Committee says a “majority” is not enough.

“If we were only talking one person who was mistreated,” she said, “that would be the world, even if it was only one.”

The audit states that some survivors fell “between the cracks.”

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Local & Regional
2:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Jenks Residents Get Easier Recycling

Credit KWGS News Photo

  Curbside recycling is coming to Jenks. The City of Jenks’s Jennifer Harper says it won’t require an extra cart.

“You can put your trash and your recyclables and your trash in the same cart,” she said. “You can have your recyclables loose and then the others would be bagged.”

Jenks residents will be able to use the same trash cart they currently have.

“It’s actually a large cart, so it handles quite a bit of trash,” Harper said.

She says American Waste Control has the technology to separate the recyclables from the bags at its facility.

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Local & Regional
4:56 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Federal Government to Begin Regulating Parts of Oklahoma Health Insurance Industry

The federal government replies to Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak’s assertion that he doesn’t have the authority to enforce the Affordable Care Act.

Authorities at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say they will be taking over enforcement of health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act.

Doak has said that he can’t legally enforce the law.

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Local & Regional
4:42 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Port Traffic Dips

Credit KWGS News

Traffic at the Port of Catoosa is down in February compared with the same month last year.

It’s nothing to be worried about, says the Port’s David Yarbrough.

“Our shipping totals are seasonal,” he said, “so we very often see fluctuations this time of year, but overall shipping totals are still up over average.”

He says shipments of fertilizer, as farmers prepare for the growing season, and crude oil traffic, are keeping the Port busy. 

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