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
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Bartlett Announces Details of His Public Safety Proposal

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced details of his public safety proposal during this week's state of the city address.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

A public safety task force is starting to search for dedicated funding to cover the costs of more cops, more firefighters, and street maintenance and safety improvements in Tulsa.

"Public safety always has been on the top of all priority lists for the council, for me and for the citizens who voice their opinions through any form and all forms of communication," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett during his state of the city address. "That’s what they all say: Support public safety."

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Local & Regional
12:35 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

State Farm Bureau Speaks Out Against Proposed EPA Rule

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin speaks Thursday at an agriculture industry event at the Port of Catoosa. He says a proposed EPA rule is creating uncertainty for the state's farmers.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau expresses concern about a proposed EPA rule some fear would impose regulations on routine farm work.

It’s unclear whether the rule proposed in March would require farmers to get environmental assessments for tilling, spraying pesticides and other tasks near streams that only occasionally carry water. Farm bureau president Tom Buchanan said if that’s the case, EPA regulations extend to rainwater running off a house into a storm drain.

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Bartlett Delivers Optimistic State of the City Address

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett delivers his state of the city address Wednesday at Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

"There are truly many reasons to say we're in the best of times," said the narrator of a video played near the end of Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett's state of the city address Wednesday.

It was a visual summary of the mayor's speech. Bartlett focused on why Tulsa is now in a good position after two recessions: Low unemployment, economic development and industrial partnerships.

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Local & Regional
3:22 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Food on the Move Launches to Fight Hunger in Tulsa

Volunteers hand out free produce Tuesday at Food on the Move's first event in Tulsa.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

An initiative to raise awareness about food challenges in Tulsa kicked off today with an event at Tulsa Community College.

Food on the Move is a collaboration involving Iron Gate soup kitchen, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Health Department and other partners. The idea is to bring food to people who need it.

Food bank director Eileen Bradshaw said a pay-what-you-can food truck event at TCC’s northeast campus was a good first step.

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Local & Regional
3:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Sand Springs Leaders Break Ground on Two New Developments

Spring Lake Municipal Complex is one of two developments Sand Springs city officials broke ground on Tuesday morning. The project is west of 129th West Avenue at 46th Street, and it will house the city's public works and maintenance departments.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

City leaders in Sand Springs broke ground this morning on two new multimillion dollar developments.

One of the projects is the Spring Lake Municipal Complex off 129th West Avenue at 46th Street. The $7.7 million project is at an old rock quarry, and Mayor Mike Burdge said it will house Sand Springs’ public works and maintenance departments.

"There's some people that own property over there. They weren't too happy about, but, you know, there's just not any place to put something like that," Burdge said. "We didn't have anything that we had that we could use for that."

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Local & Regional
3:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Local Researchers Take New Approach to Treating PTSD

The University of Tulsa Institute for Trauma, Adversity and Injustice (TITAN) will study the benefits of treating sleep problems and nightmares in tandem with traditional posttraumatic stress disorder therapy.

Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychologists at a local institute believe they’ve found a better way to treat it, and they have backing from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology in the form of a six-figure grant.

The typical course of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder involves nine to 12 sessions with a therapist.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sports Commission Announces New Route, Beneficiaries for 2014 Tulsa Run

Ray Hoyt (right) with VisitTulsa and the Tulsa Sports Commission speaks at a news conference announcing the Tulsa Run's new course and 2014 beneficiaries. Tulsa Federal Credit Union President and CEO Greg Gallant, Tulsa Boys Home Executive Director and CEO Gregg Conway, and race director Heath Aucoin (left) also spoke.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

The course for this year’s Tulsa Run is going to look different.

With construction on the Gathering Place starting next month, the Tulsa Run gets off Riverside this year. Runners in the 15K race will go south out of downtown, hit Cherry Street and go through midtown. Race director Heath Aucoin said this course may be more challenging.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Public Safety Task Force Holds First Meeting

Credit KWGS News

Tulsa’s public safety task force met for the first time Thursday morning at city hall.

Its goal is to find a way to pay for safety needs from more cops to street improvements. The task force plans to hear from representatives of the police, fire and streets departments; working in neighborhoods; the 9-1-1 call center and EMSA.

Members looked at a few dozen recommendations from past task forces, and current Chair Karen Gilbert said those groups did a lot of work on peripheral issues.

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Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

TPS Teachers Get Ready to Go Back to School

TPS teachers fill the Memorial High School auditorium Monday for their annual convocation. The district's first day of classes is Wednesday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa Public Schools teachers attended their annual convocation today ahead of the start of classes.

Teacher of the Year Lynnette Shouse spoke to her colleagues at the annual teacher convocation. She said it’s a good time to bring teachers together over common goals.

"It's an opportunity to voice that we want to be taken seriously. We want to be treated with respect," Shouse said. "And we want to say that we are professionals and we do have a lot of knowledge and we are doing what we feel like is best for all of our students."

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Local & Regional
2:34 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

What a Satanic Parody Twitter Account Can Teach Businesses

The parody Twitter account @BaphometOKC has racked up nearly 1,400 followers on the social media site in seven months.
Credit @BaphometOKC

A demonic parody Twitter account can teach Oklahoma small businesses a thing or two about social media.

Nearly 1,400 people follow @BaphometOKC for funny tweets about the proposed Satanic monument at the state Capitol. That’s a lot of exposure in just seven months, and Alex Joseph with digital media convention Confluence said it’s why he conducted a live Twitter interview today with the person behind the handle.

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