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
3:40 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hearing Lethal Injection Case Wednesday

Credit US Supreme Court

An Oklahoma case that could change national standards for lethal injection goes before the Supreme Court this week.

Oral arguments are Wednesday in a review of Oklahoma’s lethal injection procedure. Three death-row inmates argue the sedative midazolam is ineffective. Anesthesia specialist Dr. David Waisel spoke to KWGS after the case was first filed.

"Using this drug in the doses that are being used is purely experimental," Waisel said. "We don't know the effects of these drugs on the body or on the individual."

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Local & Regional
3:41 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Copper Thieves Put Youth Center in Jeopardy

Credit KWGS News

Eight of 15 air conditioning units at a north Tulsa youth club have been ruined by thieves this week. They stripped them of their copper parts.

"I have no idea what that value is, but for what they're getting, they sure are harming an awful lot of people in the community," said Salvation Army Mar. Jim Taylor.

The Salvation Army runs the North Mabee Boys and Girls Club. Taylor said the warm weekend could be a problem.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Mayor Calls for Bids on Running Tulsa County Jail

Credit KWGS News Photo

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett wants the county’s criminal justice authority to get bids on operating the jail on a regular basis.

Bartlett said it’s not necessarily to oust the sheriff’s department, but to ensure their costs are competitive.

"If we get proposals back that are pretty well equal with what we're spending now, then I think we can pat everybody on the back and say, 'Hooray, thank you very much, you're doing a great job,'" Bartlett said.

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Local & Regional
3:21 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Up With Trees Planting a Food Forest Along Tisdale Parkway

Up With Trees has already prepared land along the L.L. Tisdale Parkway for a food forest project.
Credit Up With Trees

Up With Trees is trying a food forest concept along the L.L. Tisdale Parkway.

The group will be out tomorrow planting hundreds of trees, including pecan, fig and apple trees.

"Some of the understory will be blackberries and raspberries," said Up With Trees Executive Director Steve Grantham. "It really highlights all of the multiple benefits that trees provide to people living in an urban community."

Besides providing fruits and nuts, the trees will create a sound barrier for the neighborhood adjacent to the parkway and decrease runoff.

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Local & Regional
2:26 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

District Attorney Looking Into Tulsa County Sheriff Beyond Manslaughter Case

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has started a wider investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office after receiving new information. In this file photo, Kunzweiler is sworn in as district attorney.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

In light of new information submitted to his office, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced today there will be further investigation of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

"I am highly concerned about recent allegations that have surfaced, and I have been in contact with independent law enforcement agencies regarding further investigation into these matters," said District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler in a statement. "To protect the integrity of these investigations, I will not give details or comment further on any investigation that is underway."

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Local & Regional
4:59 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

State Agencies Working to Prevent Infant Sleep Deaths

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Health

State agencies step up to help prevent infant sleep-related deaths.

The Department of Human Services and the state health department will distribute cribs to encourage safe sleep practices. Katelynn Burns with DHS said Director Ed Lake found money in the budget to buy them for families in need.

"Five hundred full-size cribs with mattresses and then 500 small, portable cribs, also known as pack-and-plays, for our workers to be able to distribute to families that are in need of a safe place for their baby to sleep," Burns said.

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Local & Regional
4:41 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Cherokee Bison Herd Grows

A herd of 50 bison that arrived in the Cherokee Nation six months ago has grown by nine this month with the arrival of calves.
Credit Cherokee Nation

Springtime has brought several new residents to the Cherokee Nation.

Six months ago, the Intertribal Buffalo Council brought 50 bison to Oklahoma from North and South Dakota. Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker said they’re doing very well.

"They've got nine calves on the ground right now, and it is quite a sight to see," Baker said.

The calves were all born this month. The herd has been very popular so far.

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Local & Regional
3:44 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Elementary Students Get Hands-On Earth Day Celebration

Elementary students learn about soil quality in a Tulsa County Conservation District Exhibit at the second annual Celebrate CommUNITY Earth Day event.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Second-graders jammed out at Veterans Park, using wheels, metal pipes and plastic discs as percussion instruments. It’s fun, and it’s recycling.

Students in pre-K through second grade learned about the environment at the hands-on Celebrate CommUNITY event. Katherine Anderson started the Earth Day event last year because her son, Tristan, is fascinated by recycling and garbage.

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Local & Regional
3:33 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

City of Tulsa Presented With Large PSO Rebate Check

PSO presented the City of Tulsa and the city utility board with a sizable rebate check for improvements to the A.B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Utility rebates for energy-efficient improvements aren’t just for homeowners.

PSO presented Tulsa’s utility board with a large check in size and amount: $246,047 for upgrading to lighting and pumps that use less energy at the A.B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant.

"The city did give us a plan and give us their engineering drawings, and we conducted several meetings over the course of about a year to make this happen," said Kerry Rowland, PSO's energy efficiency coordinator.

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Local & Regional
3:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Sand Springs Police Release New Video of Shooting

Sand Springs Police Deputy Chief Mike Carter answers questions during a news conference to announce the release of new video from a fatal officer-involved shooting. In the still displayed to Carter's right, there's a gun in Donald Allen's right hand pointed at Officer Brian Barnett.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Sand Springs Police released new video today that shows the officer’s point of view in a fatal shooting earlier this month.

The department enlisted a computer forensics expert to salvage video from Officer Brian Barnett's malfunctioning body camera. The footage has been turned over to the district attorney’s office for review, but Deputy Chief Mike Carter said it shows the shooting was justified.

"It very clearly shows he made a good decision. He made the decision he had to make," Carter said. "But that — don't ever confuse that with being a decision we want to make."

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