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
4:18 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Youth To Offer Solutions For Social Problems

A conference Tuesday will provide a platform for youth to offer their plans for solutions for problems from homelessness to bullying.

The Mental Health Association of Tulsa’s ListenUp Tulsa conference will feature eight young presenters, who will speak for five minutes each before a panel of area business and civic leaders.

“The goal is,” said MHA’s Chris Siemens, “to try to come up with a solution for the presenters to implement something into the community.”

After each presentation, the panel will have five minutes to ask questions.

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Local & Regional
12:17 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

New Library Makes Health Information Available

Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation Director Greg Foland, OU-Tulsa President Dr. Gerry Clancy, and health librarian Ruth Neal dedicate the new health library at OU-Tulsa.
Credit KWGS News

Oklahoma’s notoriously poor health outcomes are being addressed by a number of entities. One of the prominent fighters of the battle is the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Clinic.

It’s just dedicated the latest in an effort to improve Oklahoma’s health, this time by improving health literacy, through a new consumer health library, open in the clinic.

The head of the Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation in Tulsa, which funded the Morningcrest Health Library at the Schusterman Clinic, tells a story about looking for medical information.

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Local & Regional
1:21 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Zoo Breaks Ground on New Exhibit

Jeannie is one of the zoo's two white rhinos that will be getting a new home.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa Zoo takes a first step in implementing its 20-year master plan by breaking ground on a new rhinoceros exhibit.

Zoo CEO Terrie Correll says it will be a needed improvement and expand capacity for the zoo’s two rhinos.

“The exhibit that they’re in now was built in the mid-70s, and it’s beginning to fail,” she said. “This was identified as one of the priorities in the master plan.”

Money from the 2006 Third Penny sales tax will pay a third of the cost, while the rest will be covered by private donations.

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Local & Regional
4:06 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

School Security Institute, Mental Health Training Among Recommendations of Security Commission

Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
Credit KWGS News File Photo

Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb’s Commission on School Security issues its policy recommendations.

The first is the creation of Oklahoma School Security Institute, under the Oklahoma Department of Homeland Security.

“It’ll be a resource center of best practices,” Lamb said, “working with school districts, personnel, school boards and others to continue the conversation about school security, and making sure our students are very well protected.”

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Tulsa Young Professionals Lobby at Capitol

Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon answers the questions of Tulsa's Young Professionals.
Credit Catherine Roberts

Representatives of the Tulsa's Young Professionals group visited Oklahoma's State Capitol Wednesday to meet with lawmakers and lobby for items on the group's legislative agenda. 

Members of the Government Relations Crew, as well as other young professionals and some students, heard from officials and legislators during the morning. They had an opportunity to formally lobby lawmakers in the afternoon. 

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Local & Regional
4:46 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Taylor Launches Mayoral Campaign

Taylor used the Driller's media board to promote her campaign
Credit KWGS news

On the heels of Dewey Bartlett's formal campaign launch yesterday, former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor officially kicks off her bid for another term in City Hall.

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Local & Regional
6:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bartlett Announces Re-election Campaign

Mayor Bartlett announces his plan to seek another term.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett will seek a second term in office. 

He formally announced his plan to run again for mayor Monday afternoon at the newly constructed New American Bank & Trust building at 61st and Yale.

"I hear one resounding theme over and over again: things have definitely turned around in Tulsa, Oklahoma," Bartlett said. 

He said Tulsa should stay what he called a positive course begun under his administration. 

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Local & Regional
11:52 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Buys Tulsa World

Monday's front page of the Tulsa World.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa World gets a new owner.

BH Media Group, a division of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will purchase the daily newspaper, in a sale that will close in March, according to the Tulsa World’s website.

Tulsa’s Lorton family has owned the paper for four generations.

“It was a surprise,” said the World’s Managing Editor Susan Ellerbach. “The Lortons have been such a big presence in our newsroom … It was a very emotional morning for us all.”

She says neither employees nor subscribers to the Tulsa World should expect changes.

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Local & Regional
3:55 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Advocates Get Tips on Federal Funding for Biking and Walking Projects

Oklahoma City Councilor Dr. Ed Shadid joins Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing in speaking about the importance of supporting alternative modes of transportation.
Credit KWGS News

With a Complete Streets resolution passed by the City Council, Tulsa will be incorporating biking, walking and public transit into plans for street projects.

A session Friday at City Hall provided tips to local and regional agency staff members on ways to secure federal funding for biking and pedestrian projects.

James Wagner is with INCOG, which helped put the session together.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Bill Would Change Appeal Process for Fired Police Officers

Senator Brian Crain explains Senate Bill 854 and how it would change the process for terminated police officers.
Credit KWGS News

An Oklahoma Senate bill would change the appeal process for certain terminated police officers.

This comes after an incident last year in which an Owasso police officer was reinstated through arbitration proceedings after being fired for using excessive force.

Senator Brian Crain introduced the bill, which passed unanimously in committee.

“If you are terminated following the due process outlines that a municipality has under the collective bargaining agreement,” he said, “for excessive use of force, arbitration is not the avenue for appeal, it is district court.”

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