Matt Trotter

Reporter

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN. 

He has a master's degree from Arizona State University, where he spent a semester on the first reporting staff of Cronkite News Service's Washington, D.C., bureau. As a grad student, he won awards for multimedia journalism and in-depth TV reporting.

Matt is from Southern California, so he's slowly following Route 66 across the United States. He would have made it Chicago by now, but he's not a fan of long drives.

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Local & Regional
3:19 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Fees Going Up At Some Tulsa County Parks

Credit Tulsa County Parks

The Tulsa County park board approved a list of fee increases at its meeting Tuesday.

Tulsa County Parks Director Richard Bales said he feels pressure to supplement a few years of flat budgets.

"Things that have a direct cost with something happening in a park, can I do something to generate some money for that from the people who are using the park?" Bales said.

The increases are mostly on field and facility rentals. Baseball league rental fees will increase from $7.25 per game to $10 per game.

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Local & Regional
5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Juror Budget Cut Could Cost Tulsa County Sheriff $1.7M

Credit Tulsa County Sheriff

A $287,000 dollar cut to Tulsa County’s juror budget could cost the sheriff nearly $2 million in additional jail costs.

District Judge James Caputo expects nine weeks of canceled trials, which will affect how long inmates stay at the jail. He said the court is figuring out what it can do.

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Local & Regional
12:42 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Eastbound I-244 Bridge Opens to Traffic

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett speaks Monday at the opening of the eastbound I-244 bridge over the Arkansas River. Oklahoma Transportation Commissioner Peter Regan (left), U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez, Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Local, state and federal officials celebrate the opening of the eastbound I-244 bridge over the Arkansas River.

"Boy, the truckers really want to see to get us open," Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley said after being interrupted by a honking semitruck. 

Ridley said the last three years and $78 million spent on the eastbound and westbound bridges were a necessary investment.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Councilors Ask About 1985 Sales Tax Economic Development Fund

Credit KWGS News File Photo

City councilors want to know what’s happening with a sales-tax supported economic development fund set up nearly 20 years ago.

The fund collected money from 1985–1991. There’s nearly $308,000 left in it, but less than $10,000 is currently available. Capital Planning Manager Gary Hamer told city councilors $248,000 are committed to the B.C. Franklin and Springdale community centers, which no longer exist.

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Local & Regional
4:34 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Trash Board, Task Force Chairs Continue to Butt Heads Over Green Waste

Tulsa's TARE board is moving ahead with a plan to send green waste to the incinerator.
Credit Covanta

The TARE board is opening its invitation for bids on curbside collection of green waste.

Chairman Paul White said even with green waste collections up, Tulsans have been voting with their dollars. 

"I wonder how much of that is due to the fact that we removed the requirements to add a special priced tag to that," White said. "So, when there's no cost associated with something, of course people are going to — your demand curve is going to be a little steeper."

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Local & Regional
4:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

I-44 Bridge Once Considered for Dam Site

A site north of the I-44 bridge over the Arkansas River near Cherry Creek was once considered for a low-water dam, but land use and environmental factors relegated it to second-tier status.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A site near 51st Street missed the cut as a location for an Arkansas River low-water dam.

The area just north of the I-44 bridge was once under consideration. INCOG Executive Director Rich Brierre said a study classified it as a second-tier site, partly because of mostly industrial land use on the west bank.

"Components of the City of Tulsa south side waste water treatment as well as major industrial uses, and then you have the levee that actually, you know, when you're at the soccer complex, you don't even see the river because of the levee," Brierre said.

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Local & Regional
4:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Sotomayor Discusses Background, Career in TU Forum

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor participated in a question-and-answer forum at the University of Tulsa Wednesday during a three-day Oklahoma trip. TU law professor Robert Spoo moderated.
Credit Frank Christel / KWGS

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the University of Tulsa Wednesday on a three-day Oklahoma trip.

Sotomayor talked about her career, influences and philosophies in an hour-long question-and-answer session hosted by the TU College of Law. Asked how law schools could modernize, Sotomayor said universities in regional groups should consider dividing up specialties because trying to be number one in every area of law is prohibitively expensive.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Students Get Hands-On Experience With STEM Careers

Middle-school students build ping-pong ball launchers Tuesday out of wooden craft sticks, plastic spoons and rubber bands at Tulsa's first STEM Exploratorium.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Build ping-pong ball launchers as a kid … grow up to build airplanes.

More than 1,000 area students experienced various science, technology, engineering and math careers at Tulsa’s first STEM Exploratorium. Bailey Siegfried with event sponsor Tulsa Flight Night said activities like Lego building are similar to what professionals are doing.

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Local & Regional
2:52 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Tulsa Police Shoot Robbery Suspect

Tulsa Police shot a suspect in several recent pharmacy robberies once in the leg after he ran from them outside the CVS at 21st and Harvard this morning.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Police believe they’ve caught the suspect who wears a scream mask to rob pharmacies.

Officer Demita Kinard says the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force knew the man was going to hit the CVS at 21st and Harvard, and he showed up around 8:20 a.m. today.

"They had secured the door so he couldn't get in," Kinard said. "A foot pursuit ensued, he got into his car, he was able to drive off a little bit. He rammed several police cars, then he eventually — they were able to subdue him outside of the vehicle."

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Local & Regional
2:43 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Tulsa County Jurors Excused for the Next Two Weeks

Although the jury assembly room in the Tulsa County Courts basement is fit for use, judges decided Tuesday to excuse jurors summoned Sept. 15–19 and 22–26.
Credit File photo

A faulty drain pipe means you might be getting out of jury duty.

"The Tulsa County district judges decided they would cancel jury duty for the next two weeks," said Tulsa County spokesman Michael Willis. "So any juror that was summoned for Sept. 15–19 or 22–26 will be excused from jury duty."

The courthouse basement flooded last week when the pipe failed. The jury assembly room is fit for use, but judges decided construction in the Court Services Office would inconvenience jurors.

Jury trials are the only court service affected.

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