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
3:57 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Death Penalty Possible for England and Watts

Alvin Watts and Jake England could face the death penalty if they're convicted of first degree murder.
Credit Tulsa County Jail Booking photo

If they’re proven guilty of last year’s Good Friday shooting spree, Jake England and Alvin Watts could face the death penalty.

The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office today announced it will seek the death penalty in their case.

“It’ll be a two-stage proceeding,” Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said, “so you’ll have a trial as to the guilt on the counts that we’ve filed.”

“If the jury finds them guilty of first degree murder,” he said, “we’ll go to a second stage where we’ll present evidence as to the aggravating circumstances.”

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Local & Regional
11:16 am
Fri January 4, 2013

DVIS Not Yet Affected by Lapse of Violence Against Women Act

Programs of Tulsa’s Domestic Violence Intervention Services won’t immediately be affected by the House’s failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

DVIS Associate Director Donna Mathews is optimistic about the new Congress taking up the reauthorization.

“It would be a bad political move,” she said, “for somebody in any party to oppose reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in some form.”

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Local & Regional
5:54 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Union ROTC to March at Obama's Inauguration

The Union High School ROTC will march in the inaugural parade. It’s been asked to return for President Obama’s second inauguration.

Senior Master Sergeant Dan Snow says right now they need fundraising to be able to send the students.

“We’re sending out letters and notifications to all local businesses to try to get as much help as we can,” he said, “to try to get these kids down there and back.”

“It’s a once in a life time thing for them,” he added.

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Local & Regional
5:40 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Your Payroll Tax Will Probably Rise

Lawmakers in Washington narrowly avoid a tumble over the fiscal cliff. That means income taxes won’t go up for many Americans.

Part of the deal, however, means that a Social Security payroll tax holiday was allowed to expire. Tulsa financial adviser Jake Dollarhide, CEO of Longbow Asset Management, says that means your January 15th paycheck will look a little different.

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Local & Regional
10:49 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Tulsa Giving: Low Profile Philanthropy Abounds

The holiday season: you might say it’s a place like Tulsa’s time to shine. That’s because Tulsa is a famously giving city.

A report from the Chronicle of Philanthropy earlier this year ranked Tulsa 18th in total contributions, out of more than 11,000 towns and cities.

With names like Kaiser, Schusterman, Helmerich, Warren and dozens of others widely recognized by Tulsans, that ranking comes as no surprise.

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Local & Regional
10:17 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Local Leaders Try Living on Food Stamps

Local leaders are following Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker’s lead and taking the challenge to live on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program.

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard and research specialist with OU-Tulsa’s Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations Randy Macon will live on just $4.23 per day today and tomorrow.

That’s the equivalent of what someone on SNAP receives for groceries each day.

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Local & Regional
3:20 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Fulfill a Wish List for an At-Risk Teen

There’s a week left in Youth Services of Tulsa’s Gifts of Hope holiday wish list program, and a few teens still need adopting.

“Every holiday, people tend to adopt younger children for the holidays,” said YST’s Liz Neas. “Here at Youth Services, we serve children 12–24, and sometimes they get forgotten.”

She says that wish lists include things like jeans, coats and sleeping bags.

Of about 460 youths in the program, there are about 100 remaining who haven’t been adopted for the holidays.

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Local & Regional
1:25 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Food Desert Problem Gets Geoscientific Treatment

TU grad student Aaron Ball presents a map showing where his model suggests would be the best place for a new North Tulsa grocery store.
Credit Catherine Roberts

It’s commonly understood that North Tulsa suffers from being a food desert. Many residents don’t have sufficient access to grocery stores to maintain healthy lifestyles.

One store, the Gateway Market, at Pine and North Peoria, is one of the only options North Tulsa residents have for buying groceries.

In Tulsa, there are a few groups and individuals working on that problem. The Tulsa Food Security Council has a mobile grocery store in the works, for instance.

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Local & Regional
10:19 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Don't Throw Away Old Christmas Lights

Christmas light strands contain small amounts of lead.
Credit KWGS News

When you got your old Christmas lights to hang up this year, did some of the strings not light up?

Don’t throw them away—they contain small amounts of lead, which, if not safely disposed of, can be harmful to the environment.

Michael Patton with the MET says there’s lead in the copper wires of the lights “to help protect the tree from getting too hot and catching fire.”

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Local & Regional
1:07 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Fire Stations Accepting Toys, Food

District 5 City Councilor Karen Gilbert
Credit Tulsa City Council

A recently announced matching grant by the George Kaiser Family Foundation is under way for cash donations to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. That’s in addition to a nonperishable food drive and a toy drive happening at fire stations city wide. 

The City Council is spearheading the partnership that’s making it happen. KWGS’s Catherine Roberts spoke with Councilor Karen Gilbert about the details of the drive, and how to get involved

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